Several arrested after Ferguson protesters march onto I-75 in CincinnatiPosted by J Craig on November 25, 2014
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Protesters briefly shut down a section of I-75 in Cincinnati near the Ezzard Charles exit as they chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot” to protest the grand jury decision Monday not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
All lanes on the interstate were closed about 7 p.m.
The march began as protesters gathered on the steps of the Federal Courthouse where National Action Network leaders and Mayor John Cranley addressed the crowd. The group then marched north to Over-the-Rhine, some wearing white masks signifying anonymity.
“Like all of you, I am deeply concerned about the loss of life and the events that are unfolding in Ferguson, Mo.,” Cranley said. “I can sympathize with all aspects of what the community is experiencing because Cincinnati has had similar tensions in the past.”
Approximately 10 people were arrested. Cincinnati police said the protest was dangerous and that those arrested would at least be cited for pedestrian violations.
Hundreds of protesters marched from Cincinnati District 1 headquarters to the Ezzard Charles exit.
“Please, get off the expressway or you will be arrested,” police told protesters through bullhorns.
The highway was closed for about 20 minutes, but it remains unclear at this point where they were planning to go or why they sat on the highway. There were approximately 200 people marching.
Those arrested were charged with inducing panic and disorderly conduct, police said.
A police spokeswoman said everyone arrested was from Cincinnati.
Many other rallies were planned across the nation Tuesday in places like Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.
** This story has been updated.
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