Charges dropped against DeRay Mckesson after Baton Rouge arrest

Louisiana prosecutors have dropped charges against DeRay Mckesson related to protest.

Prosecutors in Louisiana have dropped charges against DeRay Mckesson, the civil rights activist and Baltimore schools administrator who was among more than 100 arrested in Baton Rouge while protesting police brutality earlier this month.

District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III of East Baton Rouge announced Friday that the office wouldn't prosecute about 100 cases involving protesters charged with obstruction of a roadway or public passage. Roy Rodney Jr., Mckesson's attorney in Louisiana, confirmed Monday that Mckesson was among those 100.

Mckesson, a prominent activist who was named chief of human capital for Baltimore public schools last month, was arrested on one count of obstruction of a highway, which is a misdemeanor, as he was walking along Baton Rouge's Airline Highway. Mckesson founded and leads We the Protesters, a group that advocates policy changes to stem police violence.

The East Baton Rouge District Attorney's office could not be reached for comment.

"It is clear that the District Attorney understood that the arrest was unlawful and dropped the charges accordingly," said Mckesson, who finished sixth in Baltimore's Democratic mayoral primary this spring.

"This is exactly the relief we had requested from the district attorney and the relief we had expected," Rodney said. "So I'm glad to see that the DA conducted a rational review of the facts of this case, because Mr. Mckesson had done nothing wrong. He has not violated the law, nor had he disobeyed any police officers."

cwells@baltsun.com

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