According to the Houston Police Department, one woman was arrested and charged with inciting a riot while approximately 75 other participants in an I-610 protest action there yesterday were cited with misdemeanor charges after they rallied alongside the roadway, partially blocking it. Rally participants made clear with signs and other banners they were protesting what they considered abusively low rates from brokers.
Police themselves made clear to participants that, should it happen again with any of the same drivers/vehicles involved, said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo in a press briefing, drivers involved “will all be arrested and their trucks will be impounded.”
Chief Acevedo offered a “word to the wise” when it comes to protest actions. “There’s a distinct line and difference between First Amendment-protected activity and the illegal activity. … Any time you want to involve our freeways, that is a nonstarter for the Houston Police Department.”
MEDIA BRIEFING: Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo gave an update and a short briefing to what occurred on I-610 @ Gellhorn that involved truckers protesting on the highway.
Posted by HTX Breaking News on Monday, April 20, 2020