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Arrest of Black Lives Matter leader is broadcast live on Periscope

Movement's leader uses the Twitter streaming app to capture his own arrest during police shootings protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

DeRay McKesson, a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, used Periscope to capture his own arrest during a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Saturday night.


Live-streaming app Pericope captured the arrest of Black Lives Matter leader DeRay McKesson.

DeRay McKesson/Periscope

McKesson, who was protesting the police shooting death of Alton Sterling, was using the Twitter-owned live-streaming app to broadcast the protest when police officers can be heard warning protesters not to stray onto Airline Highway in Baton Rouge. The arrest is the latest in a series of live internet broadcasts of events related to deadly police shootings in the US.

The video, which has been viewed more than 460,000 times by Sunday morning, captures a verbal exchange between McKesson and police moments before his arrest.

"Watch the police, they are just literally provoking people," he says, repeatedly telling viewers that there is no sidewalk where they are marching. An officer warns that he's seen a man with "loud shoes" in the street and "If I get close to you, you're going to jail."

"I think he's talking to me, y'all," McKesson said. "Watch the police, they are literally just provoking people."

A few moments later, the video becomes shaky as a police officer can be heard saying: "City police. You're under arrest. Don't fight me. Don't fight me."

During the incident, McKesson's phone is passed to other protesters who demand to know why he is being arrested.

Saturday evening's live-stream came just a few days after Philando Castile's girlfriend live-streamed on Facebook the immediate aftermath of his shooting by a police officer in Minnesota.