Arrests as Hundreds Protest at Mall of America

USA Today, December 21, 2014

About 25 people were arrested during a police brutality protest at Mall of America Saturday afternoon, according to mall officials.

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Official attendance figures weren’t immediately available, but the group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis had more than 3,000 people confirm on their Facebook page that they would attend the event, billed as a peaceful gathering.

Protesters chanted “Black lives matter” and “No justice, no peace” as they gathered in the mall’s rotunda. There was also silence as demonstrators staged a die-in.

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Mall officials shut down all of the escalators in the rotunda, and some stores in the area closed their gates. The mall enhanced security, and police in riot gear were present.

After about a half hour, most demonstrators peacefully left the rotunda area–many holding their hands in the air–and left the mall. Others migrated to a shopping area and occupied two levels. A small “die-in” with people lying on the floor was staged in front of several stores.

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