Man arrested after throwing rock at police

Written by by Hannah-Louise Jordan, CNN

A 48-year-old man has been arrested for his alleged role in a riot at a Louisiana nightclub that led to police using pepper spray on rowdy crowds.

Baton Rouge police said Timothy Greer, of Grass Lake, Michigan, threw a rock that struck an officer in the leg at about 3:20 a.m. on January 6. The officer then sprayed pepper spray at the crowd.

Police said on Friday Greer was arrested after more officers responded to the scene. Officers then observed him throwing a rock, striking an officer, and throwing a second rock at a police car. Police then used pepper spray on Greer to “quell the disturbance,” according to a news release.

In January, Baton Rouge police officers used pepper spray to control crowds that tried to break into or damage music venues during an anti-police brutality protest in the Crescent City. The protests were prompted by the acquittal of former Baton Rouge Police Officer Blane Salamoni and ex-Police Sgt. Howie Lake II for the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling in 2016. The shooting death of Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was captured on video.

It was unclear from online records whether Greer has an attorney.

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