REDWOOD CITY (KRON) — It’s now up to San Mateo County prosecutors to decide what to do with 68 people arrested for blocking the San Mateo Bridge on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
The CHP says it made the arrests after cars dropped 60-to-70 people off near the top of the highrise on the Foster City side of the bridge during the Monday afternoon commute hours.
CHP officials say they were prepared for the demonstration.
“In anticipation of these protests, officers from the CHP Golden Gate Division Special Response Team, as well as other CHP offices across the Bay Area, were able to stage in the area and respond quickly,” the CHP said in a written statement. “Within minutes, officers arrived on scene and issued an order to disperse. Those who did not clear the traffic lanes were peacefully taken into custody.”
Officers say the protest resulted in several traffic accidents causing damage and minor injuries.
“The CHP would like to remind the public that our freeway system is no place for protests. Motorists do not expect pedestrians to be present in lanes of traffic, and such actions could lead to collisions between those pedestrians and the vehicles on the freeway. Unfortunately, collisions involving pedestrians often end with major injuries or fatalities. We thank those that were affected by this incident for their patience and cooperation.”
The demonstrators were arrested for misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct and Hindering Passage.
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