Protesters temporarily block Atlanta’s Downtown Connector

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THIS JUST HAPPENED!!!

A human blockade temporarily formed on highway I-75/85 northbound Wednesday evening as protesters halted traffic.

Atlanta police spokesman Officer John Chafee said a number of protesters were present on the Downtown Connector near Freedom Parkway. Authorities continue to gather information on the incident.

Southerners On New Ground field organizer Mary Hooks told the Associated Press that she and other grassroots organizers helped plan the protest as part of a national week of resistance to mass incarceration and police brutality. She said the protest was also connected to the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting in August.

People on Twitter were writing in support of the protest used the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

The protest had its supporters and critics on the social media service.

“Shut down NOW! I75/85 Atlanta s/b cuz #blacklivesmatter!!! #o22 o22walkout #ferguson #mikebrown,” wrote @PremTod.

“Folks in downtown Atlanta not playing abt Ferguson” tweeted @DecorusDea1.

“how is shutting the highway down at rush hour in Atlanta stopping police brutality in Ferguson?” asked @englishanj.

Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, on Aug. 9 in a case that sparked unrest.

Return to ajc.com for updates.

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