- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A man who was arrested in Rhode Island last fall in a protest over the fatal shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Missouri, was pepper-sprayed by sheriff’s deputies after authorities say he refused to leave a courtroom area.

Cameron Battle of Providence refused treatment for the pepper spray. Two sheriff’s deputies affected by fumes were treated.

Battle was in court for a Wednesday meeting on disorderly conduct charges stemming from the November protest.

State Police Captain Dennis Fleming said the 28-year-old Battle was disruptive in a hallway outside the courtroom and was asked several times to calm down.

Battle’s lawyer, Andrew Horwitz, told the judge that the level of bail was equal to holding Battle without bail.

Horwitz would not detail the courthouse confrontation.

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