Baton Rouge, Louisiana (WAFB) — Seven people were arrested and a police officer was injured during a small protest held to mark the one year anniversary of the death of Alton Sterling.
Chaos erupted in front of Baton Rouge Police headquarters on Airline Hwy. around 1 p.m. Wednesday, after about two dozen protesters did not respond to calls from officers to move away from an entrance to BRPD grounds.
Police say those protesters “attempted to storm the police barricade.” Officers then tased several protesters and tackled them to the ground.
“You can protest, you can do what you need to do, we just ask that you do it in an orderly way,” said Sgt. L’Jean McKneely Jr., a media spokesperson for BRPD.
Most of the protesters were part of the New Black Panther Party. At least one sustained an injury to the leg in the scuffle.
“We was assaulted, we had people bleeding out of their mouths,” said Malik Mau Mau, a member of the party.