MLK protesters who blocked Bay Bridge cited and released

Ten protesters who chained themselves across a part of the Bay Bridge’s eastern span Monday were cited and released along with 15 other protesters after being detained and taken to County Jail, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s office.

The Black.Seed organized protest stopped westbound traffic just after 4 p.m. to reclaim what they call the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s radical roots, said a spokesperson for the group Monday.

By 4:30 p.m. Monday California Highway Patrol had arrested all the protesters and traffic began to flow again.

“The California Highway Patrol continues to remind the public of the extreme dangers of walking onto a busy freeway, as well as the consequences that follow. The CHP recognizes the First Amendment rights to free speech, but does not allow those rights to be exercised on the freeway or bridges,” said a California Highway Patrol press release. “The CHP will continue to work with the District Attorney’s Office to prosecute those involved.”

The 25 people were taken to the San Fransisco County Jail’s parking lot where they were cited and released on suspicion of the following misdemeanors: False imprisonment, obstruction free passage, unlawful assembly and public nuisance.


Read more criminal justice news on the Crime Ink page in print. Follow us on Twitter: @sfcrimeinkBay BridgeBlack Lives MatterCHPCrimeMario WoodsSan franciso County JailSFPD

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

Giants second baseman Donovan Solano scores on a double in the seventh inning against the Dodgers at Oracle Park on July 29. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Will the Giants make the playoffs? Kris Bryant may be the answer

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner You’d be hard-pressed to find… Continue reading

Tiffany Carter, owner of Boug Cali West Coast Creole Shack in San Francisco’s La Cocina Marketplace, was dismayed by gentrification she found when she returned to her hometown to start a business. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF Black Wallstreet: Helping residents build wealth, reclaim spaces they’ve had to leave

Tiffany Carter moved back to her hometown of San Francisco five years… Continue reading

A prescribed fire at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was conducted in June 2016 to reduce hazardous fuel loading, increase watershed health, and restore the natural fire cycle in the Redwood Canyon area ecosystem. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Paterson/National Park Service)
Experts, UC scientists discuss wildfires in the state’s riskiest regions

Wildfires are nothing new in California’s history, but the magnitude and frequencies… Continue reading

Fourth-grade students at Lucerne Valley Elementary School don masks and Western wear for a “Walk Through California” history day during in-person instruction. (Courtesy of Krystal Nelson)
Confusion over mask mandate for California schools sparks tension between districts and parents

By Diana Lambert EdSource Shifting rules around mask mandates at schools are… Continue reading

In his extensive filming of The City during the pandemic, Eric Goodfield said he has been “observing how the environment affects the behavior of people.” (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Filmmaker Eric Goodfield fixes lens on SF’s COVID days

140 days of shooting in The City made for ‘greatest adventure’

Most Read