BREAKING: Interstate-Blocking Protesters Marching On Hart Bridge In Jacksonville
UPDATE: 5:13 p.m. News4Jax reports the protesters are marching on the Hart Bridge and are blocking westbound lanes.
A handful of people who blocked Interstate 95 in Jacksonville Monday morning say they’re planning a second demonstration this evening but would not provide the location. The group’s morning-rush-hour protest near Emerson Street delayed commuters by up to an hour.
The activists call themselves the Kemetic Empire. Their leader, Diallo-Sekou Seabrooks, says the group will keep blocking traffic until law enforcement policies change.
“And that’s in unison with Ferguson, New York City, Atlanta, and everything else, with the brutal murders of black men around the country by the police officers," he says.
Seabrooks organized what he called "Shut It Down Monday," echoing highway-blocking protests in other U.S. cities. He says similar actions will continue until the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office agrees to discuss changes including the creation of a civilian review board to oversee police. He says the peaceful protests are also meant to bring attention to unsolved murders in the black community.
A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office news release calls the protests "unlawful" and "unsafe." Drivers who blocked I-95 were ticketed, but no arrests were made, it says.