I-24 shut down as protesters block roadway - WSMV News 4

I-24 shut down as protesters block roadway

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Protesters shut down Interstate 24 in both directions twice Tuesday evening.

Dozens of people gathered at the Criminal Justice Center for a vigil following Monday's announcement in Ferguson, MO, that Ofc. Darren Wilson would not be charged in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The vigil turned into a march as people headed toward Broadway. Police blocked streets as the protesters lay down in the roadway for a moment of silence.

The protesters then made their way to LP Field and onto I-24 near Woodland Street.

The protesters again lay down in the roadway for another moment of silence. Police formed a barricade around the protesters and shut down I-24, backing up traffic in both directions.

The protesters then moved off the interstate and headed toward the James Casey Homes.

Police kept I-24 blocked as the protesters made their way off the roadway. The interstate was reopened after 9 p.m.

However, protesters returned to I-24 near Shelby Avenue just before 10 p.m., causing police to once again shut down the roadway in both directions. As they stood in I-24, they chanted, "We are Mike Brown."

Traffic reopened just before 10:30 p.m.

Protesters then slowly made their way back to the Criminal Justice Center.

No arrests were made in Tuesday night's protests.

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