13 Black Lives Matter Protesters Sentenced to Jail for Blocking Interstate

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
November 30, 2016 Updated: December 2, 2016

Thirteen people have been sentenced to five days in jail for blocking traffic on Interstate 95 in downtown Richmond during a Black Lives Matter protest in July.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the protesters pleaded guilty Monday to obstructing free passage of others in Richmond General District Court as part of a plea agreement. Judge Jacqueline McClenney allowed some to report to jail in December, but others were escorted off to begin serving jail time immediately.

Media outlets reported at the time that protesters entered southbound I-95, holding signs and chanting “Black lives matter!” and “No justice, no peace, no racist police!”

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Davis Powell says people have the right to protest, but these protesters put themselves, and potentially others, in danger by stopping rush-hour traffic.