Black Lives Matter To Demonstrate At Mall Of America Despite Lawsuit


The Minneapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter plans to demonstrate tomorrow at the Mall of America over the shooting death of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis police on Nov. 15. Despite legal action from the shopping center, Black Lives Matter said that the demonstration will proceed as planned unless their demands are met, reports the Christian Science Monitor. The demands call for videos of Clark's shooting to be released and for the appointment of a special prosecutor to decide whether the involved officers should be tried, rather than leaving the decision up to a grand jury.

The protest underlines a tension inherent in every civil disobedience movement: The need to push hard enough to bring about change, while not alienating those who might support the cause. The Minneapolis chapter has pushed for legislative change at state and local levels, including calling for a $15 minimum wage citywide and a tougher police body camera policy, and supporting a bill that would restore the right to vote to felons who had served their time. With the protest planned for two days before Christmas, the Mall of America isn't accepting Wednesday's demonstration without a fight. Retailers can do as much as 30 percent of their sales in in the last two weeks before Christmas. The mall filed a request for a temporary restraining order, arguing that the mall is private property thus immune from unwanted protests. Mall of America sued eight activists with Black Lives Matter Minneapolis to bar the protest and require them to delete promotional social media posts.

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