RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Black Lives Matter protesters took to Interstate 95 in downtown Richmond Monday afternoon, creating major backups during rush hour.
At roughly 5:45 p.m., a group of nearly 20 protesters briefly occupied all southbound travel lanes of I-95 near the Belvidere exit, bringing traffic to a standstill.
According to Virginia State Police spokesperson Steve Vick, troopers arrived on scene, told the protesters that being on the interstate was an unlawful assembly and advised them to leave.
Officials said 13 of the protesters refused to exit the interstate and were charged with impeding the flow of traffic and being pedestrians on a highway. They were arrested and taken to the Richmond City Jail.
Troopers stayed on scene and allowed traffic to resume at 6:20 p.m., after all protesters had left the interstate.
Black Lives Matter protesters take to I-95 in Richmond
Black Lives Matter protesters take to I-95 in Richmond x
Just over a week ago, Black Lives Matter protesters blocked traffic on I-264 in Portsmouth. All lanes were closed at the Downtown Tunnel.
State police says protesters moved aside quickly enough that they didn’t have to make any arrests.