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(BATON ROUGE, La.) —  Prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson was released from jail Sunday after he was arrested during a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Saturday night, according to officials.

A booking record from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office confirms that Mckesson was arrested. He was being held at the East Baton Rouge Parish jail, according to records.

Mckesson was filming video of the protest and walking alongside Airline Highway when he was arrested. According to Mckesson, he was charged with obstruction of a roadway.

Upon his release, Mckesson said Baton Rouge Police were provoking peaceful protesters. He was among hundreds of individuals protesting against the shooting death Tuesday by police of 37-year-old Alton Sterling.

Mckesson said he remains hopeful that the Justice Department will intervene both investigation into the death of Alton Sterling and the way police treat protesters.

Mckesson gained a national following after he left his then-home of Minneapolis in August 2014 for Ferguson, Missouri, to document the the police shooting of Michael Brown.

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