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.


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