BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A prominent Black Lives Matter activist arrested in Louisiana while protesting the killing of a black man during a struggle with white police officers says he is returning to Baltimore.
DeRay Mckesson said on his Twitter account Tuesday that a judge had granted his request to leave Louisiana and he would be back in Baltimore later in the day.
Tensions have been rising since last week’s killing of Alton Sterling outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge.
The 31-year-old Mckesson was arrested Saturday on a charge of obstructing a highway.
A police affidavit of probable cause says Mckesson “intentionally” placed himself in the road after protesters were repeatedly warned by loudspeaker to remain on private property or the curb.
McKesson was released from jail on Sunday.