The protest was organized by a number of the city’s young activist groups (including City Bloc, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and others) calling for civilian review boards to participate in police investigations, as well as earmarking 10 percent of the police department’s budget for community programming.
After moving through Mount Vernon and Artscape on Saturday evening, some of the protesters began walking down the 83 on-ramp and then onto the northbound highway, where they stopped traffic for a period of time. According to the City Paper, police asked the group to move to the side so an ambulance could get through–but that turned out to be a ruse; the vehicles that actually did came through were police vans, and that’s when everyone got arrested.
Highways have become a key location for our era’s civil rights protests, both because they’re highly visible and because they’re often directly linked to urban segregation and spatial discrimination. That’s something that’s certainly been true — and continues to be true! — in Baltimore.
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