Law Enforcement Prepares for Mall of America Protest
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The latest developments on a planned Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America -- Gov. Mark Dayton says 30 Minnesota State Patrol officers will help handle an expected protest.
Local Black Lives Matter organizers planned the Wednesday demonstration to pressure authorities to release video footage of a 24-year-old man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police. Mall officials tried to block the protest, arguing the mall was on private property, but a judge only barred three organizers from attending.
Neither the mall nor Bloomington police have said how they will respond to the demonstration. But Dayton said Wednesday that 30 state patrol officers will be on scene to support local police.
Dayton says he's sympathetic to protesters' concerns, but says the mall is private property.
Black Lives Matter organizer Kandace Montgomery says she expects hundreds of people at the afternoon protest.