Saturday, July 9, 2016

Baton Rouge flares up – protesters throw frozen water bottles at police

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UPDATE: 10:05 a.m., JULY 9, 2016

​About 20 to 30 protesters were arrested and booked into Parish Prison stemming from a demonstration Friday night and early Saturday morning outside Baton Rouge Police headquarters, an official said.

Baton Rouge Police spokesman Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said he did not know what counts the protesters face and didn't immediately have information on their names. Officials at the Parish Prison and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office did not immediately respond to queries.

Numerous people were seen detained, some restrained with zip ties around their wrists, during the fourth night of protests after Alton Sterling was killed by a Baton Rouge police officer on Tuesday in Baton Rouge. A source has said that Police Officer Blane Salamoni, one of two officers caught by cell phone video in the altercation with Sterling, shot him.

The head of the State Police defended his troopers' work Friday night and early Saturday morning as lawmen faced off with a crowd protesting the police killing of Alton Sterling.

"I think they did well," said Col. Mike Edmonson of his troopers, some of whom were seen outfitted with helmets and assault-style weapons strapped across the front of their bodies.

"We're not about a show of aggression," he said. Edmonson said some of his troopers were hit in the head by frozen bottles of water thrown by protesters.

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