”BlackMatter Blocks 405 Freeway” user=”ReviveUSA”]
Black Lives Matter spread its Christmas cheer in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon–one of the busiest travel days of the year–with what it dubbed a “Black XMas” by briefly shutting down the southbound 405 Freeway in Westchester.
The move was part of what activists called “a national day of action” and a national effort to shut down business as usual across America, from shopping malls to airports.
“The message continues to be: There will not be business as usual as long as black lives continue to not matter,” Activist Pete White told the Los Angeles Times.
The southbound freeway lanes were reportedly blocked for about 15 minutes shortly before 1:30 p.m.
White told the Times that Wednesday’s demonstration in the Bay Area was motivated in part by the L.A. County district attorney’s recent decision not to charge a California Highway Patrol officer who was recorded on tape repeatedly punching a woman, Marlene Pinnock, along the 10 Freeway last summer. Pinnock reportedly received a $1.5 million settlement, which included the officer stepping down from his post.