Judge declares mistrial in 2016 Alton Sterling protestors trial

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BATON ROUGE – After deliberating for six hours, jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict in the Alton Sterling protestors trial in Baton Rouge.

The trial began on Jan. 17th in federal court before Judge John deGravelles.

Protestors filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the EBR city-parish, Baton Rouge Police and nearly 50 police officers in 2017 and waited nearly seven years before their trial date.

The protests were in July 2016 after Alton Sterling was shot and killed in Baton Rouge, a story that garnered national attention. The protests were along Airline Highway in front of BRPD headquarters. Some of the protestors even took to Government St. with plans of trying to block the interstate ramps.

The allegations in the Alton Sterling protestors trial were that BRPD officers violated the protestors rights by wrongfully arresting them without probable cause. However, BRPD’s administration had given officers orders to arrest at that time given the circumstances and then do the paperwork after the fact.

Protestors claim they were dragged against pavements and one person was even tased. However, attorneys for the officers say the men and women were trying to keep order and keep protestors from getting on the interstates in Baton Rouge.

Over the course of two weeks, numerous BRPD officers testified about their actions during the protests while the defense presented witnesses and evidence claiming the EBR city-parish and all named parties violated the protestors’ rights.

The unofficial count from jurors came down to seven to three forcing the judge to declare a mistrial and another trial. A new trial date has not been set at this time.

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