CLEVELAND (TheBlaze/AP) — Protesters outraged over a police officer’s acquittal blocked a highway in Cleveland that runs downtown and along Lake Erie Saturday afternoon.
They formed a line along the highway, blocking traffic in both directions, around 3 p.m. EDT.
The group had originally gathered downtown, then marched through the streets and crossed a bridge.
Earlier in the afternoon, about 200 people gathered for a mock funeral to protest the Saturday acquittal of patrolman Michael Brelo, who had faced manslaughter charges connected to the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects.
Dozens of people walked in a peaceful procession carrying a black, plywood coffin and softly singing “I’m going up yonder, we’re marching, we’re marching.”
The protest was held in a park near the home of the Cuyahoga County prosecutor who lost the case against patrolmen Brelo.
Marchers also protested the lack of progress in the investigation of the killing of a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun by Cleveland police last year.
Some carried signs saying “Will I Be Next?” and “I Can’t Breathe” and “Freddie Gray Lynched.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.