Charges Announced Against Mall of America Protesters
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - Bloomington authorities have charged 10 anti-police-brutality protesters who participated in a massive demonstration at the Mall of America just before Christmas.
That's in addition to 25 demonstrators who were arrested and charged with trespassing at the rally in the mall's rotunda on Dec. 20, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
The demonstration was against recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men.
Reports the group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis said in a statement that it was "saddened" by the decision to "to misdirect public resources to protect corporate profits instead of supporting justice" for African-Americans.
Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson cited a 1999 Minnesota Supreme Court decision that ruled the mall is private property.