Police: 65 Arrested After Blocking Baltimore Expressway During Protest

Sixty-five people were arrested on Saturday after participants in a march against police brutality blocked Interstate 83 just north of downtown Baltimore.

The arrests created a chaotic scene around Penn Station, where thousands milled around for the annual Baltimore Artscape festival.

The march, which was named and tagged on social media as “Afromation,” began at Guilford Avenue and Chase Street, moved through Artscape on Charles Street, then to St. Paul Street and past Penn Station to the I-83 onramp, which was closed for the festival.

“Once on the interstate, they locked arms and blocked traffic along the northbound lanes for a short period of time before officers arrived and began making arrests,” Baltimore police spokesman Lt. Jarron Jackson said in an email.