7 Protesters Arrested on Anniversary of Alton Sterling Killing in Baton Rouge

Protesters pushed through the barricade in front of the Baton Rouge Police Department on July 5, 2017 during an Alton Sterling anniversary march. Baton Rouge Police Department / WVLA

Police reportedly used pepper spray and a stun gun as seven people were arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Wednesday during a march to memorialize Alton Sterling, the black man who was shot dead by a white police officer exactly a year ago.

Baton Rouge Police Department said that three women and four men were taken into custody at the conclusion of the march after they allegedly tried to break through barriers set up outside police headquarters.

According to the Times-Picayune, police told protesters, who were mostly members of the New Black Panther Party, to remain behind the barricades put up across the street from the Police Department. Protesters didn’t obey the order and a scuffle ensued.

Police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely told reporters that the seven had been charged with “entering and remaining after being forbidden” and for resisting arrest. Police have not released the names of the arrested.

Approximately 30 people attended the protest, and at least 20 police officers were present, the Times-Picayune reported.

McKneely told to the paper that at least one officer fired a stun gun and others used what he described as a “pepper ball” on the crowd.

One of the officers was apparently accidentally shot by another officer’s stun gun, the Times-Picayune reported.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Phil McCausland

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