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Mall of America Files Restraining Order Against Black Lives Matter Activists

mall-of-americaMinneapolis’ Mall of America, the largest mall in the United States, has filed a restraining order against a group of #BlackLivesMatter protesters in an attempt to stop a massive protest.

In 2014, Mall of America was the site of a massive December Black Lives Matter protest in which 25 people were arrested. This year, protest organizers have announced that they plan to protest in the same location. But the mall isn’t a fan of the idea, filing a restraining order against eight activist leaders in an attempt to kill the protest before it even begins.

In a message on its Facebook page, Black Lives Matter Minnesota said they were undeterred by the legal action. “Although they destroyed our occupation, they will not destroy our spirits. If we don’t get justice for Jamar Clark and Black Minnesotans, we will return to the Mall of America,” they write.

Because Mall of America is on private property, they generally have wide latitude to ban people from the premises. But there are some interesting free speech angles to the story; the temporary restraining order sought by the mall would require the protest leaders to post messages on social media saying the protest was cancelled, a request the NAACP argues is unconstitutional.

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