Around 2,000 Black Lives Matter Minneapolis protesters are expected to attend the 2 p.m. demonstration at Mall of America, which said it will be beefing up security and warned protesters that they face arrest and a year-long ban from the shopping center.
Tomorrow, there looks to be a potential battle over where the protest will actually take place. The MOA has taken the position that as private property they can restrict actions inside the mall. The protesters will use free speech and civil disobedience to get their message across and look to be planning to head inside.
Since the night of the Ferguson decision, I have been very concerned about the beating that the justice system would most likely go through. This exchange will be another step along that path. It is the type of protest that we stand for as a country. It involves questions that have to be asked if we are going to insure a system that each of us can trust.
I hope that there is no violence or looting. I hope that the protesters message continues to be heard.
Update: It looks like they went inside and there were no major problems. The pictures of the day show a number of the MOA customer listening in to the protesters.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.