Protest against police brutality blocks Ga freeway

AP News
Posted: Oct 22, 2014 7:47 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Demonstrators who say they were taking part in a week of resistance to police brutality temporarily blocked rush hour traffic on a busy freeway through downtown Atlanta.

Atlanta Police spokesman John Chafee says some 30 demonstrators in a group of up to 80 people blocked northbound lanes Wednesday evening on the heavily traveled "Downtown Connector" where two interstates converge. Chafee had no immediate word whether arrests were made.

News photographs showed protesters standing before scores of idling cars and trucks.

Mary Hooks, who identified herself as a grassroots protest organizer, says the event comes amid a national week of resistance to mass incarceration and police brutality. Hooks says the protest also was meant to show solidarity with those in Ferguson, Missouri, who have been protesting the shooting of Michael Brown.