Hundreds of people marched in protest to the George Zimmerman verdict on Monday.
justice, no peace," they yelled as they walked from the Byrd Funeral
Home in the 2500 block of Wheeler to the Southmore Street overpass
bridge near Highway 288.
Just after 7 p.m. Monday, the demonstrators spilled out onto the road and blocked traffic for about 15 minutes.
"I looked up and I
see all the protesters, they're everywhere," said Georgia, who asked
that her last name not be used. "So, we got into the traffic and they're
stopping us and not letting us go."
was on her way to Texas Children's Hospital in the Medical Center
because her 7-year-old granddaughter was having an allergic reaction to
Georgia's daughter was driving and tried to go around the demonstrators by driving on the grassy shoulder.
of them was hitting the windshield and I was just screaming, 'We've got
to get to the hospital,' and they were screaming and chanting," she
said. "All I could think of was, I got to get my granddaughter to the
mom rolled down the window," said Georgia's daughter. "She said, 'We're
trying to get my granddaughter to the hospital,' and a guy just started
Local 2 camera covering the protest recorded the entire incident. On
the video you could see Georgia sitting in the front seat of an SUV, she
had her window down and you can see a man reach in and grab her.
Georgia said she was hit.
"When we got on the road I told her, 'Let's call 911," and I could feel I had been hit," she said.
family is upset by the whole incident and thinks the demonstrators took
things too far. Georgia filed a police report and hopes that things
will quiet down.
"It wasn't peaceful," she said. "It was terrifying."
Quanell X, the community activist who planned the event, told Local 2 he thought the protest was peaceful.
He also said he gave specific instructions to participants not to break any laws and not to touch or harm anyone.
Houston Police Department did have a few officers on scene and told
Local 2 it's unclear how the demonstrators were able to get onto the
freeway, but the officers were working to remove them.