Saturday, December 20, 2014

3,000 Protesters Seeking Justice Shut Down Mall Of America For Hours

Thousands gathered at the Mall of America to protest police brutality against Afro-Americans and Latinos.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 20, 2014

Bloomington, Minnesota - More than 3,000 people gathered at the Mall of America (MOA) to disrupt one of the busiest shopping days before Christmas. Part of the Mall of America was shut down for hours after protesters chanted for justice against police brutality and mocked dead bodies of Afro-Americans killed by police.
At least 20 protesters were arrested, according to Black Lives Matter in Minneapolis (BLMM), one of the organizers. BLMM in a press release stated that it was one of their most successful peaceful protests. Some of the organizers say, that they were disappointed that riot police and MOA security locked down some of the doors and exits at the mall. BLMM alleged that most of those arrested were targeted by police as they were leaving peacefully from the mall.
The MOA received $250M in taxpayer funds last year and they wouldn't allow a peaceful protest at the mall. Some of stores inside the mall closed and locked their gates during the protest.

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