Protesters shut down I-35 Saturday afternoon

Protesters march on IH 35 in downtown Austin. (Photo from KXAN viewer)

(Note: Video of arrests being made by Austin Police Officers comes from @hollymariekirby)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — 3:45 p.m.- According to Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, the Austin Police Department and Department of Public Safety  six arrests have been made in connection to the group of protesters that marched onto I-35.

All individuals have been charged with Failure to Obey a Lawful Order and Pedestrians on a Roadway. One individual was also charged with Simple Assault after throwing a water bottle at an Austin Police Commander.

There have been no injuries reported at this time.


The southbound lanes of I-35 near downtown Austin were blocked off today after protesters marched onto the freeway.

Austin Police Officers shut down southbound traffic for around 10 minutes as protesters marched on the freeway.
Austin Police Officers shut down southbound traffic for around 10 minutes as protesters marched on the freeway.

A little after 1 p.m. protesters walked onto the freeway, causing the Austin Police Department to form a barricade to stop traffic.

According to the Austin Police Department the protesters were only on the freeway for ten minutes before leaving. No arrests were made at the scene.

On Saturday Black Lives Matter and Police Lives Matter groups met at the Texas State Capitol.

Police say one of those groups left the capitol and headed to I-35 where they entered the freeway. They cannot confirm which group it was.

The southbound lanes of I-35 have been reopened at this time.

 

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