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Students protesting Ferguson decision shut down I-5

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Several dozen protesters lined up across a stretch of Interstate 5 in La Jolla during the morning rush-hour period Wednesday, causing a miles-long backup.

The protest on northbound I-5 near Nobel Drive began about 6:50 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. It ended peacefully around 7:20 a.m. with demonstrators walking off the freeway and continuing their march on city streets.

Protesters, led by an unidentified man with a bullhorn, held signs objecting to a Missouri grand jury's decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed but allegedly came at the officer and, at one point, tried to take his service weapon.

Before authorities arrived on the freeway, several stranded motorists exited their vehicles and yelled at the protesters to move. At least one frustrated motorist got into a brief physical confrontation with the man holding the bullhorn.

The protesters walked off the freeway and continued their march on city streets under the watch of San Diego police. There were no reports of citations or arrests.

"We coordinate it with CHP -- ultimately it's their jurisdiction if they want to press charges or to file citations," SDPD Capt. Jerry Harra said.

Some of the students told CBS News 8 it's time for a change.

"Police brutality has been happening for years, but it hasn't been until recently that people have started to speak up about it," one UCSD graduate student said.

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