Black Lives Matter protest shuts down the Bay Bridge

A Black Lives Matter protest shut down the Bay Bridge in San Francisco causing hundreds of cars to get stuck in a massive traffic jam.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 18, 2016) (NBC) – The westbound lanes of the Bay Bridge, in San Francisco, California, were shut down on Monday (January 18) after Black Lives Matter protesters used different means to block the multi lane bridge.

Demonstrators could be seen with their fists raised standing on the Bay Bridge causing traffic to become gridlocked. Aerial pictures showed several protesters visibly being taken into police custody. One woman protester can be seen being taken out of her vehicle and handcuffed after police prised open her car door.

Two women protesters, who shackled their arms together, sat on the asphalt in the middle of one of the lanes, as traffic slowly started rolling by after police cleared other lanes.

The traffic jam shut down traffic heading directly into San Francisco.

Protesters called for the resignation of San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr, and for the city to invest in affordable housing options, local news reported.

Monday (January 18) also marked the Martin Luther King Junior holiday across the United States.