San Mateo Bridge Reopens After Stanford Students Abandon Cars In Traffic For …

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cops clearing westbound San Mateo Bridge after protest shuts lanes.

The bridge was reopened shortly before 5:30 p.m. (CBS SF) — Over 100 Stanford students and community members demonstrating against police brutality temporarily shut down the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge Monday afternoon.

Drivers were seen turning around at the toll plaza and going the wrong way on the bridge as CHP tried to find tow trucks to take away abandoned cars left on the bridge by protesters. The disturbance was related to a protest scheduled for Monday that was dubbed the “Reclaim King’s Legacy” march in which the protesters organized to link the civil rights legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with recent protests against police shootings of unarmed black people. King was killed because he made connections between racial oppression and economic oppression and the interconnectedness of struggles across the globe,” said Manny Thompson, a Stanford senior and protester.

Demonstrators planned to block the westbound side of the bridge for 28 minutes to symbolize the face that every 28 hours a Black person is killed by a police officer, according to a press release by the student group Silicon Shut Down.

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