Stars React To Arrest Of DeRay McKesson, Black Lives Matter Activist
Stars are reacting to the arrest of DeRay McKesson, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist. McKesson was picked up by police in Baton Rouge on Saturday night during a protest there in response to the shooting death of Alton Sterling last week. He was charged with obstruction of highway commerce for protesting on the Airline Highway after being asked to remain on its shoulder. McKesson maintained that he had stayed off the road. See celebrity reaction below.
McKesson was one of several people arrested by Baton Rouge cops during the protest. He even live streamed the moments before the police took him into custody (see below). Many on social media believed the outspoken activist was targeted by the police. His incarceration even led to the Twitter hashtag “#FreeDeray.”
Rashida Jones tweeted, “I wish people would protect the First Amendment with the same fervor as they have the Second Amendment. #FreeDeray” Gabrielle Union wrote, “#FreeDeRay & free all who were unlawfully arrested last night NOW!!!” And Laverne Cox expressed, “@deray thinking about you my brother and sending love and prayers to you and everyone fighting for justice. #FreeDeRay.” Zendaya added, “We need our leaders #FreeDeray.” Meanwhile, Charlamagne Tha God pleaded, “Free @Iamderay and pray for him because cops in Baton Rouge not playing fair.” Gossip Cop will update as more celebrities react to McKesson’s arrest in Louisiana.
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) July 10, 2016