Support for LAist comes from
Made of L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Charges Dismissed Against Ferguson Protesters Who Blocked 101 Freeway

Protesters set up barricades and shut down the 101 freeway following the grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who had shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Support your source for local news!
The local news you read here every day is crafted for you, but right now, we need your help to keep it going. In these uncertain times, your support is even more important. Today, put a dollar value on the trustworthy reporting you rely on all year long. We can't hold those in power accountable and uplift voices from the community without your partnership. Thank you.

Charges against a group of protesters accused of blocking the 101 freeway during a demonstration in 2014 have been dismissed.

The seven Black Lives Matter protesters were arrested when a section of the freeway near Alvarado Street was shut down on the morning of November 26, 2014. The protest was one of many across Los Angeles and the country that occurred after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Attorneys for the seven protestors have conteded that they were peacefully demonstrating their right to free speech.

The group, which includes Rosa Clemente, Haewon Asfaw, Povi-Tamu Bryant, Sha Dixon, Todd Harris, Damon Turner and Jas Wade, were accused of blocking the freeway and charged with obstructing a thoroughfare as well as refusing to comply with lawful police orders. A jury initially rejected some of the charges against some of the individuals this March, but were unable to agree on a verdict for all of the counts. On Thursday, prosecutors said they would not pursue another trial against the seven.

Lawyers representing the seven said that yesterday's decision should be a signal to city attorneys to stop filing charges against protesters and instead focus on addressing complaints about excessive police force that have inspired recent protests.

Support for LAist comes from

In December of 2015, another group of Black Lives Matter activists were charged with vandalism and blocking a portion of the 405 freeway during a protest, and were held in a county jail for three days over Christmas.

Most Read