DeRay McKesson Released: More Than 1,500 People Donated To Baton Rouge Fund

DeRay McKesson Released: More Than 1,500 People Donated To Baton Rouge Fund
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DeRay McKesson, a well-known civil rights activist and Black Lives Matter leader, was released from a Baton Rouge, Louisiana jail on Sunday afternoon.


The release was made several hours after he and more than 100 others were arrested. All of them spent a night in jail following the arrests while protesting the shooting death of a black man by police.

According to USA Today, the renowned civil rights activist was released on bond. McKesson, while talking to the press, said he was preparing to return to the protests Sunday night.

“The police want protesters to be too afraid to protest,” he said.

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The Black Lives Matter leader also said he was confident that that his arrest was “unlawful.”

On Saturday, the prominent civil rights activist turned 31. According to several sources, DeRay McKesson had traveled to Louisiana from his home city Baltimore in order to join the protests on behalf of Alton Sterling.

Sterling was a 37-year-old black man who was shot and killed by two white police officers outside of a convenience store. A video footage revolving around Sterling’s shooting, which occurred in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, was shared online, setting off angry protests.

It was reported that more than 100 protesters were detained in Baton Rouge on Saturday night. They had formulated a demonstration that went throughout the whole city and the streets.

According to The Huffington Post, one organization called the Louisiana National Lawyers Guild is trying to help bail them out of jail.

The organization initiated a Crowdrise campaign early Sunday morning. The campaign was launched to raise money and help cover legal expenses of activists behind bars.

Several activists gathered on the streets and marched on highways to demand justice for the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

There are more than 1,500 people who had made donations to the fund, which raised more than $75,000 as of Sunday afternoon. Their objective is to gather at least $300,000.

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