Protesters take to I-40 and I-55 bridges demonstrating rolling blockades

Protesters take to I-40 and I-55 bridges demonstrating rolling blockades
Rolling bridge blockade in Memphis (Source: WMC)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - They called it a rolling bridge blockade -- a call to action for protesters to get in their cars, turn on their flashers and drive very slowly across the I-40 and I-55 bridges from Memphis into Arkansas.

The bridge blockade got underway around 7 p.m. Monday night. The Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay camera shows you a line of cars starting to back up westbound on the I-40 bridge.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol had more than two dozen troopers on the bridge making sure that those cars proceeded forward.

We noticed some truck drivers joining the protest with their hazards flashing.

Exits on and off of the I-40 bridge were blocked by troopers and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies. Same story on the I-55 bridge where traffic slowed considerably.

Traffic slowed, police presence on I-40 bridge and I-55

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Posted by WMC Action News 5 on Monday, June 1, 2020

Marching protests also continued downtown Monday remaining largely peaceful.

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