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Last night, #BlackLivesMatter activist and politician DeRay McKesson was arrested alongside 30 other people during a march through Baton Rouge, La. McKesson and many others were on the scene protesting the excessive force used by Police during the shooting of Alton Sterling just days earlier.
Shortly after the news broke that McKesson had been taken into custody, a whole host of actors, athletes, and other prominent figures took to social media to express their dismay.
I wish people would protect the First Amendment with the same fervor as they have the Second Amendment. #FreeDeray— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) July 10, 2016
Free DERAY !!! pic.twitter.com/OBxRMBbnA6— N.O.R.E (@noreaga) July 10, 2016
Free Deray and pray for him because cops in Baton Rouge not playing fair. https://t.co/lkaRNzah09— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) July 10, 2016
Eventually, a phone number began circulating that people were urged to contact to ensure the release of McKesson and the 30 people who were also in custody.
Shortly after that, a crowd-funding campaign was started for bail money.