KC protesters arrested for blocking traffic on I-70
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police arrested seven protesters after they walked onto I-70, causing a dangerous situation, police say, and blocking traffic onto the highway east of the downtown loop on Saturday.
According to police, about 50 to 75 people met at Parade Park near Paseo and 15th Street. They marched to I-70 and Paseo, protesting the deaths of black men during confrontations with police and the events in Ferguson in which a grand jury did not indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
“We told them they had two minutes the first time and said, ‘You have to get out of the highway’ Then we gave two more minutes. We’ve been more than fair with them,” said Kansas City, Mo. police chief Darryl Forte.
From there, protesters, holding signs that said, “I can’t breathe,” and “Justice for Mike Brown” walked to the Sprint Center where the group held a “die-in”, lying on the ground for four-and-a-half minutes.
Thousands of people were at the Sprint Center for the Kansas State vs. Texas A&M basketball game, so the protesters had a large audience for their message.
During their die-in, some protesters formed a circle around those lying on the ground.
“Really having a community that moves forward without racial tensions that when you think about that in the large scheme of things, then disturbing a freeway is really minor,” said Britt Coleman, one of the organizers.
The eastbound ramp was closed temporarily because of the protesters.
“It’s always encouraging for them to voice their opinions, but you can’t voice your opinion on the freeway,” said KCMO Police Chief Darryl Forte.
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