MLK Day protesters block 1 span of SF-Oakland Bay Bridge

Jan 18, 2016 8:45 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of protesters from the group Black Lives Matter caused the shutdown of one side of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in a police-brutality protest tied to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Members of the group stopped vehicles in all the westbound lanes at about 4 p.m. Monday. They chained themselves and the cars together to form a line across the bridge and laid signs reading "BLACK HEALTH MATTERS" across the roadway.

Traffic was blocked for travelers heading into San Francisco from the East Bay as the holiday weekend was ending.

About 30 minutes later, California Highway Patrol officers were pulling protesters from cars and pulling their cars to the side of the road. Traffic soon began slowly moving again.

The group had been peacefully protesting police brutality in the area for much of the day.

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