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Megamall Arrests: Dozens Held as Crowd Protests Against Police

By    |   Monday, 22 Dec 2014 07:50 AM

About a dozen people were arrested after hundreds protesting police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Sunday as holiday shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation’s largest shopping centers.

The protest was the latest in a series of demonstrations across the United States in recent weeks over grand-jury decisions not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City.

Reuters reported that Bloomington police spokesman Mark Stehlik could not immediately say how many people were taken into custody, but the mall later said in a statement that about a dozen arrests were made.

The action organized by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis saw hundreds of participants gather at a mall rotunda, where some staged a “die-in,” said participant Mischa Kegan, 30, an organizer with the group Community Action Against Racism.

Protesters held their hands in the air while mall officials displayed an electronic-billboard message warning demonstrators they risked arrest, according to an image posted on the Twitter account of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis.

The Mall of America statement warned organizers of its longstanding policy against protests. It said stores were closed on the east side of the mall as protesters were cleared out of the area. The mall reopened later.

On Friday, dozens of protesters were arrested in Milwaukee when they blocked rush-hour traffic on a major highway to protest the killing of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer on April 30. The Milwaukee County sheriff’s office took at least 73 adults and one minor into custody during the protest that blocked I-43, according to the department’s Twitter feed.

The officer in that shooting has not been charged, but he was fired from the department.

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