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Protesters briefly shut down I-43 in Milwaukee, causing traffic delays

4/12/2021 crash
Posted at 8:07 PM, Apr 12, 2021

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police confirm protesters shut down northbound I-43 near West North Avenue in Milwaukee Monday evening, leading to traffic delays.

MPD said in a statement that officers were monitoring a group of protesters in the area of North MLK Drive and West Chambers. The group protested on city streets and moved onto westbound West Center from MLK Drive.

From there, several people from the group walked onto northbound lanes of I-43 West Locust and West Keefe, police said.

Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies arrived and shut down traffic. Milwaukee police assisted the Sheriff's Department with traffic control only, MPD says.

The Sheriff's Office tells TMJ4 News that one person was arrested during the protest on the freeway.

Marches were organized in Milwaukee Monday evening to show solidarity for 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who was fatally shot by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said in a traffic update that lanes became blocked around 7:38 p.m. Traffic resumed around 8:10 p.m.

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