Less than half of protesters arrested in Baton Rouge will be prosecuted

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BATON ROUGE, LA -JULY 10: Protesters paint signs to support the protest against the Alton Sterling shooting on July 10, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Alton Sterling was shot by a police officer in front of the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge on July 5th, leading the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE (WGNO) – Less than half of the people arrested during protests in Baton Rouge last weekend will be prosecuted, WBRZ reports.

Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar C. Moore told WBRZ that 185 people were arrested during protests over the police shooting death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling.

Of those 185 arrests, about 100 were for misdemeanor obstruction of a roadway or public passage.

Moore said first-time offenders can have the misdemeanor arrests removed from their criminal record, as long as they’re not arrested for anything else in the future.

WBRZ said four protesters were still in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail as of Friday. They were being held on other charges unrelated to the protests.

ACLU Louisiana and organizers of the protests allege in a lawsuit that the police used excessive force, physical and verbal abuse, and wrongful arrests to disperse protestors in Baton Rouge.