Alton Sterling protesters treated ‘like animals’ in Baton Rouge prison, advocacy group claims
Dozens of protesters detained last summer after the death of Alton Sterling were treated “like animals” and humiliated inside the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, according to a new report describing conditions blocking as far as Which is unconstitutional.
Protesters, most of whom have been set aside for blocking a road, were subjected to excessive force, including indiscriminate use of pepper by guards, and spent hours or days locked in overcrowded “stained with Land and blood, “according to the report drawn up by the Justice Initiative pledge, a New Orleans advocacy group.
The report, which will be published Monday, accused guards of retaliation against protesters for participating in protests that lasted days after Sterling’s death in a clash with police outside a convenience store.
However, the report says that ill-treatment of protesters reflects a systematic oppression that prisoners suffer every day in prison.
Moreover, according to the report, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff “seems to encourage or at least tolerate the abusive and humiliating conduct of the guards.”
“The arrest and detention of about 180 people protesting against the Alton Sterling police murder provides a painful window into the actual conditions of East Baton Rouge Parish Prison,” the report said.
“Unfortunately, this report reflects the treatment of detainees in the East Parish prison of Baton Rouge, when everyone was watching.”
Prison guard Dennis Grimes defended the actions of his guards as “adequate, professional and well in accordance with constitutional rules,” adding that “they acted at all times in an appropriate manner.”
“The demands of the protesters are unfounded,” Grimes said.
The report, based on interviews with more than a dozen demonstrators, mentions several stories from the time of the time to the demonstrators behind the bars published last summer by the lawyer and other media outlets.
But it provides a more detailed window of what the report describes as “unconstitutional coercion” of protesters, including repeated refusal of medical treatment inside the prison, whether for injuries sustained during detention or another pre-existing condition.
“The way we treat detained people that defines us, and when we take people who protest against racism and violence and deal with force, who divides our communities, undermines our trust in the justice system and degrades us “Said Ben G Cohen, a lawyer for the Justice Initiative pledge. “We need better people system.”
Thousands of protesters left the capital after Sterling’s death, clashes with police in a series of road-side road scams and Goodwood Avenue – near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department – and marched on The Government street, which culminated in another confrontation.
Hundreds of police, the men engaged in riots, have set a hard line in their efforts to keep traffic on critical routes to the city.
Many of the detainees were charged with trespassing illegally, a backlog that in many cases, prosecutors have declined rapidly to prosecute. At least three journalists were taken into custody, according to Black activists Vidas Matters DeRay Mckesson.