Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson Released After Being Arrested During La. Protest

Mckesson was charged with "simple obstruction of highway commerce"

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson was among more than 100 protesters arrested Saturday night during demonstrations over the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Mckesson, who live-streamed his arrest on Periscope, was taken into custody while walking along the side of the Airline Highway with fellow protesters, NBC News reported.

Mckesson was released Sunday afternoon, according to facility records from the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. He and fellow protesters were charged with "simple obstruction of highway commerce," according to court records. 

About 1,000 protesters gathered outside the Baton Rouge Police Department, waving homemade signs as passing cars honked their support. The protests lasted well into the evening but died down a little after midnight.

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