Protesters shut down Bay Bridge traffic

Protesters shut down Bay Bridge traffic

A Black Lives Matter protest effectively shut down the westbound Bay Bridge for over an hour Sunday.

The protesters drove on to the upper deck of the bridge in vehicles around 4:45 p.m. and then got out of the cars west of Treasure Island, according to reports from the scene.

They painted “Black Lives Matter” and other slogans on the bridge’s deck and walls.

The California Highway Patrol arrested several people on and near the upper deck, and by 6:30 p.m., two of the five westbound lanes had reopened and traffic was moving slowly through the area.

The protest was one of many anti-police brutality events in the Bay Area this weekend, where as many as half a dozen actions were planned in San Francisco alone, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month at the hands of police.

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