Protesters shut down freeway near UCSD
LA JOLLA (CNS) – Several dozen student protesters from UCSD lined up across a La Jolla stretch of Interstate 5 for about a half-hour Wednesday, causing a miles-long backup and angering motorists.
The protest on northbound I-5 near Nobel Drive began about 6:50 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. It ended peacefully around 7:20 a.m. with demonstrators walking off the freeway and continuing their march on city streets toward the UCSD campus.
Protesters, led by an unidentified man with a bullhorn, held signs objecting to a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed but allegedly came at the officer and, at one point, tried to take his service weapon. The Black Student Union at UCSD reportedly organized the protest.
Before authorities arrived on the freeway, several stranded motorists exited their vehicles and yelled at the protesters to move. At least one frustrated motorist got into a brief physical confrontation with the man holding the bullhorn.
San Diego police continued to monitor the protesters’ movements as they marched on city streets.