SAN DIEGO – As dozens of students blocked northbound I-5 at Nobel Drive as part of a protest Wednesday morning, thousands of irate commuters were left stranded and unable to get to work. At least one of those drivers was angry enough to push a protester and steal his bullhorn.
Tyree Landrum told 10News he was on his way to work at an area Ross store when he was caught in the standstill. He got out of his car, and in front of 10News cameras, he reached out and pushed one male protester towards the center-divide. The protester was chanting “no justice, no peace” into a bullhorn until Landrum wrestled it away from him to shout his own message.
“Hey, I feel you; we ain’t got no justice either,” Landrum announced.
Landrum told a 10News photographer, “I got to go to Ross right now, homie. If I don’t get there, I’m going to get fired. I’ve got six f****** kids to feed, homie … m*****f****** get shot every f****** day. Deal with it the right way, not like this.”
Many other drivers felt similarly incensed. In the crowd of drivers standing outside of their parked cars were health care workers trying to get to area hospitals. One woman in nursing scrubs screamed, “Arrest them!” at the protesters.
“We have doctors and nurses that have to save lives here,” the woman told 10News.
It took a wave of California Highway Patrol and San Diego police officers about a half hour to arrive on scene, and drivers rejoiced when officers drove down the ramp.
One man grinned as he shouted at the protesters, “You’re spending the night in jail! That’s right, you’re spending the night in jail tonight!”