Officers Confront Black Lives Matter Protesters at Mall of America – ABC News

Several dozen protesters — part of a Black Lives Matter demonstration — were pushed out of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, this afternoon by a wall of officers.

The group said on its Facebook page that the protest — on what is one of the busiest shopping days of the year and at the nation’s largest mall — aims to bring awareness to last month’s deadly police shooting of Jamar Clark, a black man from Minneapolis.

The protest was planned for 2:30 p.m. ET, according to ABC affiliate KSTP-TV in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

But they were met with officers using a loud horn to say the demonstration on mall property was not authorized. The officers then moved forward until everyone exited.

Some protesters were outside the mall, chanting in an area that police had cordoned off to allow them to gather outdoors.

The mall has 520 stores, 50 restaurants and the nation’s largest indoor theme park, according to the mall’s website.

The Mall of America unsuccessfully sought a court order to stop the protest. Three organizers were banned from attending, but the judge said she doesn’t have the power to prevent others from showing up.

“We are a leader-full organization,” Kandace Montgomery, one of the organizers barred by the judge’s order, told the Associated Press. “Just barring three of us does not mean that you’ve stopped our work.”

More than 700 people RSVP’d to the event on Facebook.

Black Lives Matter and Mall of America public relations did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.

A representative for the Bloomington Police Department said its officers will be at the mall, but declined to comment on security plans ahead of the protest.

Thirty Minnesota State Patrol troopers were also assigned to the scene, according to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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