- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) - Ten more Black Lives Matter protesters charged with blocking a major Boston-area highway during rush hour, forcing ambulances to reroute, have pleaded guilty but avoided jail time.

The defendants on Thursday pleaded guilty to willful obstruction of an emergency vehicle. They were sentenced to six months of probation and 60 hours of community service.

Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey had asked for three-month jail sentences for blocking Interstate 93 in Milton on Jan. 15, 2015, “given the recklessness and potential for harm” of their actions.

Ambulances carrying sick patients had to be diverted.

Some of the protesters chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels.

Black Lives Matter said at the time the protest was intended “to confront white complacency in the systemic oppression of black people.”

Two protesters pleaded guilty last week.

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