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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Mall Of America Seeks to Silence #BlackLivesMatter Protesters

Why the Mall of America is suing Black Lives Matter protesters (+video) -
The Minneapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter plans to hold a demonstration at the Mall of America Wednesday, protesting the Nov. 15 shooting death of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis police. Despite legal action from the Mall of America, Black Lives Matter organizers said in a statement Monday that the demonstration will proceed as planned unless their demands are met. The demands call for videos of Clark’s shooting to be released and for the appointment of a special prosecutor to decide whether the involved officers shooting should be tried, rather than leaving the decision up to a grand jury. “We just don’t want it to be like, ‘Oh, we marched and now we did our part,’” Brettina Davis, a media coordinator for the Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice 4 Jamar Clark, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune in reference to the coalition’s rally Saturday throughout the city. “That’s what a lot of people do these days. You have to keep fighting until we get prosecution of the police.”
Mall Of America Wants To Keep Out Black Lives Matter Protesters
The Black Lives Matter movement plans a large protest at the Mall of America in Minnesota on Wednesday, but mall officials have asked a judge to cancel the event. The protesters are demanding the release of videos showing last month's fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old African-American man, in Minneapolis. Representatives of the shopping mall, the largest in the U.S., asked a judge to block the protest because the rally lacks permission from the mall. Their filing also seeks temporary restraining orders against eight leaders of the Minneapolis Black Lives Matter group. "This is not about free speech. This is not about whether or not these folks have a good cause. Of course they have a good cause," mall lawyer Susan Gaertner said. "This [is] about where you demonstrate, and you demonstrate in places like this -- in a courthouse. Mall of America on Wednesday is a place to take your kids and shop." Black Lives Matters leaders vowed to press forward with the protest regardless of how Hennepin County Judge Karen Janisch rules. The judge said on Monday that she'll quickly decide the matter. "We are here for Black Lives, no matter what," Kandace Montgomery, an activist named in the mall's legal papers, told Reuters.

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