Governor defends police tactics in protests

Muflahi, who owns the Triple S Mart, spoke with the Daily Beast Monday and revealed that he saw officers "confront and kill" Sterling while he was selling CDs in the parking lot. Sterling, the father of five, died after being shot at close range.

The lawsuit claims that Muflahi was put into the back of a Baton Rouge Police Department unit for about four hours after Salamoni and Lake told other officers to take him into custody, despite the fact that he was merely a witness. "They were ignored", said Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola.

Sterling's funeral will be held Friday in Baton Rouge.

"We've had a police officer with teeth knocked out of his face because of a rock. If you don't have on riot gear, you have no defense against that sort of thing", said the Democratic governor, who comes from a family of sheriffs.

Police said they increased their presence in the city following the shooting death of Alton Sterling last week due to the "very real and viable threats to law enforcement" in the area.

The 28-year-old NY woman behind a now viral photo associated with the Black Lives Matter movement in Baton Rouge has said the popularity and discussion generated by the image is the "work of God", and described herself as a "vessel".

The investigation into Sterling's shooting is being led by the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana has criticized police as using "violent, militarized tactics on groups of people who have gathered peacefully". Amnesty International has questioned the high number of arrests. But Edwards pushed back against such suggestions Tuesday. One suspect remains at large, the chief said.

"I think the public has a right to know under what authority the tapes were seized", Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond told The Daily Beast. The arrests stemmed largely from people not complying with officers' commands and trying to block a major highway and an interstate, they said.

Moore suggested that "first offenders" and people who may have just "stepped over a line" could have their cases resolved more quickly than those of protesters accused of carrying guns or injuring officers.

Police said they consider the threats credible.

Moore also said he's recusing himself from any state criminal investigation into the shooting death of Sterling. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a statement that he won't have access to the federal investigation on the shooting until it's completed and a decision has been made on potential federal charges.

While James and Dunn spoke with Republicans, dozens of black and white religious and community leaders shared stories and mapped out a strategy for making the city more equitable and racially united.

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