East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman LaMont Cole was among a small group of local black leaders, including state Reps. C. Denise Marcelle and Pat Smith, who met Monday morning with Department of Justice officials at the Russell B. Long Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Baton Rouge.


Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --State and local black leaders stop for a second to made a statement to press outside the Russell B. Long Federal Courthouse Monday morning. East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman LaMont Cole, second from left, said they were not happy with the way protesters were being treated by Baton Rouge Police. They made no other statement to the media members present outside the courthouse. Other leaders are Barbara West Carpenter, on the far left, state Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, fourth from left, Tara Wicker, back, third from left, state Rep. Pat Smith, fifth from left. Metro Councilwoman Erika Green, sixth from left, and state Rep. Edmond Jordan.

Cole, a former president of the NAACP’s Baton Rouge chapter, said afterward that the group has “some serious concerns” about how protesters have been handled by police in the wake of the Alton Sterling officer-involved shooting death last week.

Cole and his colleagues declined further comment before leaving the Federal Building.

Authorities have arrested about 200 protesters in Baton Rouge since the police killing of Alton Sterling during the early morning hours of July 5.