25 MLK Day Protesters Arrested for Blocking Bridge Near Oakland, California
At least 25 people were arrested following a demonstration that caused the shutdown of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
More than 1,000 protesters were involved in the protest, also shutting down several roads near the bridges.
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They were demanding justice for the police shooting of Mario Woods in December.
Members of the protest group stopped vehicles on the westbound lanes at around 4 p.m. on Monday. They also chained themselves together to form a line across the bridge, with signs that say, “BLACK HEALTH MATTERS.”
California Highway Patrol officers pulled protesters from cars and pulled their cars out of the lanes. After that, traffic started to move again, ABC News reported.
The CHP said in all, 25 people were taken into custody.
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CHP officers used bolt cutters to remove the protesters’ chains, SFGate reported. The protesters were then placed in zip-tie handcuffs and moved to the shoulder of the highway.
“There was no force used; everyone cooperated,” CHP officer Vu Williams said. “The fortunate thing was today was a public holiday, so traffic wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”
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The protest group was an offshoot of the Black Lives Matter movement. “This action in particular was really about taking a strong, courageous stand in solidarity with MLK,” Mia Birdsong, a spokeswoman for the group, told SFGate.