Protesters block all lanes of westbound Bay Bridge for nearly 2 hours
Westbound traffic on the Bay Bridge was at a standstill Sunday evening for nearly two hours after all lanes were blocked by protesters.
Multiple local news outlets reported that protesters spray-painted “BLM,” the initials to Black Lives Matter, onto the bridge in yellow before being stopped by authorities. There were no reports of violence. The CHP reportedly said it arrested some of the protesters, who were in a caravan of about 50 vehicles.
The backup began around 4:30 p.m. and continued for well over an hour. At 6:25 p.m., only a trickle of vehicles were moving past the protest scene in two lanes with a large CHP presence to the side, according to live camera footage posted by ABC News Bay Area. By 7 p.m., more lanes had opened.
The front of the stoppage was between Treasure Island and off-ramps to San Francisco. A Twitter user with the handle @blastedpanda posted video of honking cars and people getting out of their vehicles to get a closer look at the protest. Another Twitter user whose vehicle was stopped on the bridge posted video of CHP officers getting out of their parked vehicles.
Peaceful protests continued around the country Sunday over the killing of George Floyd, who died as a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck. The Bay Bridge protest coincided with one happening under it, along the Embarcadero.