Protesters Planning to Shut Down “Multiple Checkpoints” Along I-490 During Rush Hour
Rochester, NY – The Save Rochester/Black Lives Matter (BLM) group that successfully shut down a portion of Interstate 490 on Sunday is once again warning motorists to prepare to “get comfortable being uncomfortable.”
The BLM group organized a demonstration on Sunday, July 19 to shut down a stretch of I-490 in protest to the local Rochester Police Department (RPD).
Ironically, it was the RPD that assisted the group in safely blocking traffic from the protesters’ route from MLK Park to I-490 on Sunday afternoon.
New York State Police (NYSP) was there once the demonstrators made their way to I-490 to ensure traffic was blocked in both directions.
Protesters marched along I-490 and across the Frederick Douglass/Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge while chanting “Who shut sh-t down? We shut sh-t down!” and “No justice! No peace! F-ck the police!”
Now, the group says they are planning to do it again, but intend to turn up the heat by shutting I-490 down during rush hour.
According to a post on its Facebook page, the group says protesters will shut down “multiple checkpoints” along I-490 this Friday, July 24.
In a message seeming to taunt the motoring public, the group stated, “Enjoy your ride home on FRIDAY July 24th. It just might be 8 min and 46 seconds longer, because that’s how long we are shutting down the freeway — during rush hour at that!”
Further, the group added, “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It’s the new normal. It’s time for a change!”
The BLM group has been calling for the release of inmates with “nonviolent misdemeanors,” and is upset because the RPD has so far “refused to have a simple conversation” about it.
The leaders of the group have now added another demand to their list insisting that “racist counter protesters” who they say “spit on” and “punched” one of their group members be prosecuted.
“This type of hate has to stop!” the post read.
It is unclear at this time if the RPD and NYSP will once again assist in the shutdown efforts or move to prevent it.
Truckers are advised to avoid the area on Friday if at all possible.
TransportationNation.com will continue to monitor the situation.