The Latest: Groups sue over police treatment at protests

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Posted: Jul 13, 2016 4:54 PM
The Latest: Groups sue over police treatment at protests

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a black man by white Louisiana police officers (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A group of local organizations are suing the Baton Rouge police over their treatment of demonstrators protesting the shooting death of a 37-year-old black man.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana announced the lawsuit Wednesday.

The groups allege that authorities used excessive force, carried out mass arrests and verbally and physically abused protesters.

The lawsuit describes the protests as peaceful and blames law enforcement for escalating the situation.

The shooting death last week of Alton Sterling at the hands of two white police officers sparked outrage among many in the black community.

The police have come under fire for tactics they used on protesters over the weekend. Over a three-day period, police arrested about 200 people.

The governor has defended the police, calling their response "moderate."

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11 a.m.

An attorney for relatives of a black man who was fatally shot during a struggle with two white Baton Rouge police officers is urging Louisiana's attorney general to "fight for justice" in the case.

The lawyer, Justin Bamberg, told reporters Wednesday that Alton Sterling's family is pleased that the Justice Department is investigating the July 5 shooting but said that's not enough. Bamberg said the family wants an indictment in the case and hopes state Attorney General Jeff Landry's office "one day" will get involved.

In a statement Monday, Landry said he won't have access to details of the federal investigation of Sterling's shooting until it's completed and a decision has been made on potential federal charges.

Bamberg compared Sterling's shooting to the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy last year by two deputy city marshals in Marksville, Louisiana.

Bamberg noted that Landry's predecessor obtained indictments in December against the two black deputies on second-degree murder charges in the death of Jeremy Mardis, who was white.

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9 a.m.

The teenage son of a black man killed by white police officers is speaking out for the first time, telling reporters gathered at the Triple S convenience store where his father died that he wants everyone "to protest the right way, protest in peace."

Cameron Sterling spoke to the crowd in Baton Rouge on Wednesday calling his father, Alton Sterling, "a good man," adding "and he will always be a good man."

The 15-year-old, who a week ago had sobbed as his mother, Quinyetta McMillon, talked about Sterling's death, stood composed as he called for peace, saying he wanted protesters angry about his father's death to "protest in peace."

He said there should be no violence.

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8:45 a.m.

The 15-year-old son of a black man shot and killed by white Louisiana police officers says his father, Alton Sterling, was "a good man" and called for people to come together to deal with violence.

Cameron Sterling said during a news conference Wednesday that people should protest but that they protest peacefully.

Just a week earlier, the teenager had broken down in sobs as his mother talked about his father's death and had to be led away from those gathered at a news conference.

On Wednesday, he appeared before microphones calm as he asked people to remember his father and to make sure that something positive, and peaceful, resulted from what he called his father's sacrifice. He called for people from all races to unite as one as they remember Sterling.

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2:45 a.m.

Police say they've arrested three suspects accused of stealing several handguns as part of an alleged plot to harm police officers in the Baton Rouge area.

Baton Rouge police Chief Carl Dabadie said at a news conference Tuesday that authorities discovered the plot while responding to a burglary at a pawn shop. They arrested one suspect on the scene and then tracked down two others. Authorities called on the fourth suspect to turn himself in.

State Police Col. Mike Edmonson called it a "substantial credible threat" to police.

The arrests come after the deadly police shooting of a black man by two white police officers in the city and the killing of five police officers in Dallas last week.