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Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson Targeted By Police In Baton Rouge During Protest





Police arrested a prominent Black Lives Matter activist and more than 200 other people late Saturday and early Sunday on a night of tension and unrest during protests of the recent fatal shootings of black men.
DeRay Mckesson, one of the most visible faces of the Black Lives Matter movement, was among 120 people arrested in Baton Rouge, and at least 100 others were detained in St. Paul, Minn., following what police described as rioting there that injured 21 officers.
Mckesson was freed Sunday afternoon, authorities reported. No details were immediately available on the conditions of his release.
The protests began Saturday with demands for accountability from police and stretched into early Sunday in Baton Rouge and St. Paul, where tensions are most raw after the deaths of Alton Sterling in the Louisiana city and of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb.
With activists and police on edge after those deaths and the sniper killings of five police officers in Dallas, the United States is “sitting on a powder keg,” said Charles H. Ramsey, a former police chief in Washington and Philadelphia.
President Obama plans to travel to Dallas on Tuesday at the invitation of the city’s mayor to deliver remarks at an interfaith memorial service for the officers, the White House said Sunday.

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