Judge Bars Only Protest Organizers From Mall Of America
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has barred three people from attending an upcoming Black Lives Matter protest they organized at the Mall of America but says she doesn't have the power to prevent others from showing up to demonstrate.
Judge Karen Janisch on Tuesday approved the nation's largest mall's request for a temporary restraining order barring the protest organizers from showing up there on Wednesday. However, she denied its request to order the organizers to alert others on social media that the protest is canceled.
The mall hopes to avoid a repeat of a huge demonstration last December that forced the closure of stores.
Black Lives Matter protesters have vowed to demonstrate regardless of the judge's decision, hoping to draw attention to last month's police killing of a black man and to pressure investigators to release video of the shooting. Authorities say they won't release it while investigations continue.