Protesters near San Francisco blocked one of the nation's busiest freeways for hours last night, the third night of demonstrations here over the killings of unarmed black men by the police, the New York Times reports. After a peaceful march through Berkeley, protesters got over a fence onto Interstate 80 just east of San Francisco, despite a heavy police presence. Police halted traffic in both directions, and hundreds of supporters of the demonstrators gathered alongside the freeway and on a footbridge, cheering the protesters on.
Some chanted “Shut it down for Michael Brown,” a reference to the 18-year-old black man shot in Ferguson, Mo., by a white police officer in August. Protesters blocked an Amtrak train, forcing it to stop. The California Highway Patrol said they “took over 150 individuals into custody for various charges,” including resisting, delaying or obstructing a police officer. They were brought to a county jail in Dublin, 40 minutes away. Earlier, as many as 1,500 people marched though Berkeley in a peaceful demonstration that contrasted with the violence seen during the previous two nights of protest. The protesters appeared to be mostly students. “It's ironic that the place with probably the strongest supporters is being trashed,” said Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates. “What we have are a lot of people who are outside agitators who want to disrupt and cause violence with the police.”