Louisiana

Scrutiny falls on police handling of Baton Rouge protesters

  • Ella Carr, center, of Austin, Texas, puts her fist up during live music at a night rally in honor of Alton Sterling, outside the Triple S Food mart in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, July 11, 2016. Sterling was shot and killed last Tuesday by Baton Rouge police while selling CD's outside the convenience store. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Ella Carr, center, of Austin, Texas, puts her fist up during live music at a night rally in honor of Alton Sterling, outside the Triple S Food mart in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, July 11, 2016. Sterling was shot and killed last Tuesday by Baton Rouge police while selling CD's outside the convenience store. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Keilosha Walker, left, of Baton Rouge, puts her fist up during live music at a night rally in honor of Alton Sterling, outside the Triple S Food mart in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, July 11, 2016. Sterling was shot and killed last Tuesday by Baton Rouge police while selling CD's outside the convenience store. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Keilosha Walker, left, of Baton Rouge, puts her fist up during live music at a night rally in honor of Alton Sterling, outside the Triple S Food mart in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, July 11, 2016. Sterling was shot and killed last Tuesday by Baton Rouge police while selling CD's outside the convenience store. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sepia Greene, of Baton Rouge, La., holds a crucifix in memory of Alton Sterling outside the Triple S Food mart in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, July 11, 2016. Sterling was shot and killed last Tuesday by Baton Rouge police while selling CD's outside the convenience store. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Sepia Greene, of Baton Rouge, La., holds a crucifix in memory of Alton Sterling outside the Triple S Food mart in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, July 11, 2016. Sterling was shot and killed last Tuesday by Baton Rouge police while selling CD's outside the convenience store. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

Baton Rouge's top prosecutor is weighing whether to pursue charges against nearly 200 demonstrators arrested in weekend protests over the killings of young black men as criticism mounts by protesters over the tactics officers used on the crowds.

Police made nearly 200 arrests in Louisiana's capital city during weekend protests, which are growing across the country as people express outrage over deaths at the hands of police.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III says any decisions on charges against the protesters will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana said Monday that Baton Rouge police "used violent, militarized tactics on groups of people who have gathered peacefully in protest of Alton Sterling's killing."

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Associated Press reporter Janet McConnaughey contributed from New Orleans.