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(BATON ROUGE, La.) —  Prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson 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.

And The Associated Press reported that Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl L’Jean McKneely told The Advocate newspaper that Mckesson was arrested Saturday night.

 Mckesson was filming video of the protest and walking alongside Airline Highway when he was arrested.

The reason for his arrest was unknown.

He was among hundreds of individuals protesting against the shooting death Tuesday by police of 37-year-old Alton Sterling.

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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