Protests broke out Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following the shooting death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling at the hands of police. Protesters were met with a heavily armed response from the Louisiana State Police and local police and sheriff’s departments. Officers deployed a long-range acoustic device to disperse the crowd and ultimately arrested at least 48 protesters.

The display and use of military-level equipment echoes the response to the 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, protests that followed the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Law enforcement officers don riot gear Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, almost a week after fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling. At least 48 people had been taken into custody by midnight Sunday. Credit: Julie Dermansky for Reveal
Credit: Julie Dermansky
Protesters have a standoff with police Sunday in Baton Rouge. Credit: Julie Dermansky for Reveal
Credit: Julie Dermansky
Law enforcement officials wear riot gear during protests over the police shooting death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling. Credit: Julie Dermansky for Reveal
Credit: Julie Dermansky
The couple shown here were arrested Sunday when police stormed the property they were on during protests over Alton Sterling’s shooting death. Credit: Julie Dermansky for Reveal
Credit: Julie Dermansky
A long-range acoustic device is used for crowd control. Credit: Julie Dermansky for Reveal
Credit: Julie Dermansky
A young man is arrested during protests over the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling. Credit: Julie Dermansky for Reveal
Credit: Julie Dermansky
Baton Rouge police stand in a formation. Credit: Julie Dermansky for Reveal
Credit: Julie Dermansky
A young woman is arrested during protests in Baton Rouge. Credit: Julie Dermansky for Reveal
Credit: Julie Dermansky
Nadia Salazar is arrested on Government Street in Baton Rouge. Protesters took to the streets after a sanctioned march and rally and attempted to shut down Interstate 110. Credit: Julie Dermansky for Reveal
Credit: Julie Dermansky
Children hold a sign in front of the Louisiana State Capitol during a rally Sunday. About 1,000 people turned out to a rally and march in Baton Rouge in response to the police killing of Alton Sterling. Credit: Julie Dermansky for Reveal
Credit: Julie Dermansky

Sam Ward is a senior digital producer for Reveal, where he oversees the web team. He has years of experience producing creative digital media projects for Oregon Public Broadcasting, PBS, ITVS and the Smithsonian, and he has managed projects for funders such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education and Annenberg Media. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Ward is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.