Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie said the two officers are Blane Salamoni, a four-year veteran from a prominent local law enforcement family, and Howie Lake, a three-year veteran of the department.
Baton Rouge's top prosecutor has recused himself from the officer involved shooting case of Alton Sterling, a black man who was shot multiple times by police during a confrontation as at a Louisiana convenience store.
The shooting deaths of Philando Castile in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, set off a tumultuous chain of events and ignited a fierce debate over police tactics and race relations that continues to roil communities across the nation. After about 30-40 minutes, Thomas says more and more police arrived, which culminated in what Thomas described as an "ambush" by police, which can be seen in her video.
A Baton Rouge parish prison official told The Washington Post on Sunday morning that about 120 people were arrested overnight at multiple protest sites across the Louisiana capital.
Authorities have warned that violence not be tolerated at any protests. Hundreds walked onto I-264 in Portsmouth, Virginia, marooning motorists for hours.
SC governor Nikki Haley said: "While I appreciate the peaceful intent of this weekend's rallies, I'd ask that we not put our fellow citizens or law enforcement at risk - which is exactly what attempting to block highways does". Doug Cain said, calling that initial protest "very organized and peaceful". We were on the scene and witnessed police in full riot gear with assault rifles while individuals were exercising their lawful rights and posed no threat.
A jail log from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office showed an Ieshia Evans, 35, was booked on a charge of simple obstruction of a highway and had been released from custody. Hundreds of people marched through the streets of midtown Manhattan to protest the recent police-related shootings of two black men. Among them was Black Lives Matters activist leader DeRay McKesson, who livestreamed the incident. Twelve of them are listed as residents of other states or the District of Columbia.
Protests there turned violent over the weekend; the Baton Rouge Police Department said that one officer's teeth were knocked out and that a number of firearms were confiscated during one of the rallies.
After last Thursday's killing of five officers in Dallas, the deadliest assault on U.S. law enforcement since the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, almost half of America's 30 biggest cities have ordered officers to pair up on calls to boost safety. Edwards said he didn't believe using riot gear to push protesters away from a highway was overly aggressive.