A Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America in Minnesota resulted in several arrests.
Four people were arrested by Bloomington Police, the Mall of America said. Of these, three were arrested for trespassing and one for trespassing and disorderly conduct. Another arrest was made on unrelated charges, the mall said.
Stores closed their gates, kiosks were covered, and several signs that read that protests were not allowed could be seen across the mall property.
The protests began at the Mall of America, the nation’s largest mall, according to ABC News. After they were forced out of the mall, the demonstrators moved to the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport. “Significant traffic backups” were caused as a result of the protests, the airport said. The Terminal 2 checkpoints have been temporarily shuttered to “prevent protesters from gaining access to secure area.”
The demonstrations were held with a purpose to attract attention to the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, who witnesses say was handcuffed when he was killed during an altercation with the police responding to an assault complaint.
In a separate incident, the southbound traffic on the 101 freeway near California city’s airport was blocked by protestors Wednesday. They were subsequently arrested, as reported the San Francisco Chronicle. Protestors were demanding justice for Mario Woods, a San Francisco man who was shot dead by the police.
In a statement, the Mall of America said that “it has a longstanding policy banning political demonstrations and protests on our private property. That policy is in place to protect the safety of all Mall of America guests, employees and tenants. The organizers of today’s protest were well aware of that policy. We respect the rights of free speech and peaceful assembly. However, the courts have affirmed our right as private property owners to prohibit demonstrations on our property.”