Black Lives Matter to protest at Mall of America again despite warning

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Despite Being Warned Off, Black Lives Matter Will Protest at Mall of America
Protesters angered by the police killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis last month plan to demonstrate at the Mall of America on Wednesday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, despite a judge's warning that the property's owners could legally block the action.

This marks the second consecutive year that the loosely organized Black Lives Matter movement, which grew out of protests over police killings in Ferguson, Missouri, New York and other cities, has planned a protest at one of the largest shopping malls in North America near the peak of the holiday shopping season.

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"Restraining order or not, on the day before Christmas Eve, protesters will assemble at the Mall of America; there will be cameras; and millions will be watching," the group said in a Facebook post late Tuesday. "What happens next will tell us volumes about who we are as a society."

Black Lives Matter demonstrators camped outside a Minneapolis police station for nearly three weeks after a police officer shot Jamar Clark, 24, on Nov. 15. The death of Clark, who was unarmed, added fuel to a heated debate over race and justice in the United States.Last year just before Christmas, more than 1,500 Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrating against grand jury decisions not to charge police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York shut down part of the Mall of America.

The protests, days after rioting and arson in Ferguson, resulted in the arrest of about two dozen people, mostly for trespassing and failure to disperse.

The night before this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, members of the group marched through Macy's Herald Square flagship store to show solidarity with the Minneapolis chapter.

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Black Lives Matter to protest at Mall of America again despite warning
A protester in a sleeping bag gets some rest at the Black Lives Matter encampment, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis. The fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer has pushed racial tensions in the city's small but concentrated minority community to the fore, with the police precinct besieged by the makeshift encampment and many protesters. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Black Lives Matter protesters and supporters march from the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct to the Federal Building in Minneapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, a black man, by a Minneapolis police officer, has pushed racial tensions in the city's small but concentrated minority community to the fore, with the police precinct besieged by the makeshift encampment and many protesters. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Black Lives Matter demonstrators maintain their encampment, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, outside the Minneapolis Police Department's 4th Precinct in Minneapolis. The fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer has pushed racial tensions in the city's small but concentrated minority community to the fore, with the police precinct besieged by the makeshift encampment and many protesters. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
A protester has some words with Minneapolis police officers on bikes as a Black Lives Matter protest continued, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis. It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
A Black Lives Matter supporter, left, tries to keep a Minneapolis police officer from removing a pallet at the BLM encampment at the Fourth Precinct, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Minneapolis. It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minneapolis police guard the entrance to the Fourth Precinct as Black Lives Matter supporters protest, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Minneapolis. It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Jamar Clark's sister, Danielle Burns, right, grieves as she and other family members gathered during a news conference held by the Minneapolis Urban League, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Minneapolis. Jamar Clark was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer during an apparent struggle with police on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Black Lives Matter supporters hug after Minneapolis police poured water to extinguish an encampment fire as they continued their protest, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, outside the Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis. It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minneapolis police guard the entrance to the Fourth Precinct as Black Lives Matter supporters continued their protest, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Minneapolis. It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Protesters with covered faces stand with a Black Lives Matter demonstration outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Minneapolis.It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Jamar Clark's sister, Javille, center, accompanied by other family members, addresses a news conference held by the Minneapolis Urban League, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Minneapolis. Jamar Clark was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer during an apparent struggle with police on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Black Lives Matter supporters continued their protest, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis. It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
A Minneapolis police officer stands guard atop a vehicle as Black Lives Matter supporters continued their protest, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at the Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis. It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Tiffany Burns, left, is comforted by her sister Javille Burns, as they listen during a news conference held by the Minneapolis Urban League, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Minneapolis. Their brother, Jamar Clark, was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer during an apparent struggle. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
A family member (in red) of Jamar Clark hands a tissue to Clark's sister Danielle Burns as family gathered during a news conference held by the Minneapolis Urban League, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Minneapolis. Jamar Clark was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer during an apparent struggle with police on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
A Black Lives Matter supporter, left, talks to Minneapolis police guarding the Fourth Precinct entrance, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Minneapolis. It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Hundreds of Black Lives Matter supporters continued their protest, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis. It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Jamine Clark points to the name of his brother, Jamar Clark, on an upside-down flag bearing names of people killed at the hands of police outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Minneapolis. Black Lives Matter demonstrators have set up an encampment at the precinct which is near the site of the Sunday shooting of Jamar Clark by a Minneapolis police officer. Clark has been taken off life support. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Members of Black Lives Matter continue their encampment, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct. More than 50 people were arrested during the second day of protests over the shooting of Jamar Clark by a police officer during an apparent struggle. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Members of Black Lives Matter continue their encampment, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct. Protesters said they would continue the precinct sit-in until authorities release any video they have of the incident as well as the officer's identity. Clark has been removed from life support. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Officials with the Mall of America, located in a suburb of Minneapolis, said they can ban demonstrations on private property as allowed under the law. This week they asked a judge to bar the group, its leaders and others from protesting and require it to delete social media posts advertising the demonstration.

However, Hennepin County Judge Karen Janisch denied a broader temporary restraining order, only barring three leaders of the group from the protest. She warned that the order, which did not extend to the group itself or unnamed people, "should not be interpreted as authorizing or permitting others to engage in political demonstration at the Mall of America without the express permission of the Mall of America."

Bloomington police and mall officials declined to comment on Wednesday. In Monday's hearing, mall attorney Susan Gaertner said she sought the court order because of the group's choice of forum, not the content of its message.

Attorney Jordan Kushner, who represented the group's leaders Miski Noor, Kandace Montgomery and Michael McDowell, said the mall could remove demonstrators but could not tell them what they may say.

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