Posted: Jul 15, 2013 8:10 PM by Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Protesters angry over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin briefly blocked all lanes of a San Francisco Bay area freeway before being cleared by authorities.
Dozens of demonstrators walked across Interstate 880 in Oakland at the tail end of rush hour Monday evening, stopping traffic completely in both directions for several minutes.
Oakland police and California Highway Patrol officers directed the crowd back to surface streets.
A police dispatcher says there have been several arrests since demonstrators organizing via social media gathered at Oakland City Hall at 6 p.m.
Over the weekend demonstrators in Oakland and Los Angeles blocked traffic and clashed with police in protests over a Florida jury's acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager.
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