Protesters Shut Down Bay Bridge in San Francisco for Hours, 29 People Arrested
San Francisco, CA – A group of Black Lives Matter protesters once again shut down an interstate on Sunday afternoon in San Francisco leading to dozens of arrests.
According to multiple local media outlets, a caravan of 50 vehicles blocked all lanes of traffic along westbound Interstate 80 on the Bay Bridge on Sunday beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m. local time.
Protesters could be seen writing “#BLM” in bright yellow chalk on the street.
Traffic was backed up for miles before authorities with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) eventually moved in to get traffic flowing at 6:30 p.m.
According to CHP, 29 people were arrested and cited with various offenses such as resisting arrest and trespassing.
Additionally, five vehicles and three bicycles were towed from the scene.
CHP reminded the public that it is against the law to protest on interstates.
“It’s illegal to protest on a freeway for a reason, and that’s because it’s inherently dangerous, it’s dangerous to be on a freeway,” Officer John Fransen of the CHP said.
Protesters continue targeting interstates, highways and bridges while interfering with interstate commerce which is a federal crime punishable by up to 20 years in jail and/or a fine.
Also over the weekend, protesters in Atlanta shut down portions of Interstate 75/85 (Downtown Connector) on Saturday night following the police-involved shooting death of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks on Friday night.
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As word of the shooting spread on Saturday, tensions once again boiled over and thousands of protesters took to the streets of Atlanta.
Rioters burned the Wendy’s to the ground before police got control of the situation.
Since the civil unrest began over the death of George Floyd, we have seen multiple big rigs targeted by rioters and looters in cities such as Minneapolis, Los Angeles and St. Louis.
Truckers operating through any “hot spot” areas are urged to do so with the highest degree of caution.
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