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Mall of America 'Extremely Disappointed' By 'Black Lives Matter' Demonstration

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A "Black Lives Matter" demonstration at Minnesota's gigantic Mall of America on Saturday night resulted in 20 arrests, the Washington Times reports. After the protest, Mall of America issued a statement that read in part: "We are extremely disappointed that organizers of [the] Black Lives Matter protest chose to ignore our stated policy and repeated reminders that political protests and demonstrations are not allowed on Mall of America property."

A few hundred protesters at the mall shouted "black lives matter," "hands up, don't shoot" and "no justice, no peace," and some protestors staged a "die-in" in the mall. During the demonstration, Mall of America management shut down stores at one side of the mall. They also projected a message on the wall that said: "This demonstration is not authorized and is in clear violation of Mall of America policy. We expect all participants to disperse at this time. Those who continue to demonstrate will be subject to arrest."

A Bloomington city prosecutor said those arrested would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law "because they knowingly broke the law because they were involved in a situation that was very potentially dangerous and refused many warnings to leave and they chose to be arrested."
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