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University of Colorado professor speaks on her involvement in I-70 shutdown

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Dr. Hillary Potter spoke with News 4 about her involvement in protests that shut down I-70 on Monday. Dr. Hillary Potter spoke with News 4 about her involvement in protests that shut down I-70 on Monday.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A professor from the University of Colorado was among the 20 protesters who hailed from out of state to help local demonstrators shut down Interstate 70 on Monday.

Dr. Hillary Potter said she initially visited the St. Louis area to conduct academic research on conditions in Ferguson, and decided to participate in the highway blockade for personal reasons. 

The disruption of traffic flow on the interstate caused mixed reactions. One motorist, who attempted to drive an SUV through the line of organizers, was allegedly assaulted in the process.

Although the demonstration posed a safety hazard, Potter said she and dozens of protesters were well aware of the risks, including the possibility of arrest.

Potter concluded her arrest was reasonable by stating, "I was impeding traffic, and it wasn't because my car was broken down." However, she said the demonstration was part of a larger message.

"There's many people who suffer inconveniences much greater than being stopped in traffic.. The point is to bring attention," said Potter.

The professor's Ferguson related research was approved by the university, but Potter said her participation in Monday's highway blockade was not discussed with school officials.

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