Black Lives Matter Protesters Briefly Shut Down Mall of America for #BlackXmas Protests

Other demonstrations took place around the country.

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Hundreds of protesters demanding transparency in the investigation of the death of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man shot by Minneapolis police officers in November, partially shut down the Mall of America and obstructed access to two airport terminals in #BlackXmas demonstrations on the Wednesday. The protesters gathered at the Minneapolis shopping center, the largest of its kind in the country, and chanted, “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” Mall authorities projected messages on the shopping center’s screens urging protesters to disperse.

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Organizers of the protest said that it had been a “decoy” action, allowing others to gather and mobilize for a more disruptive protest at the airport, where they rallied around two checkpoints, blocking access to the corresponding terminals. Officers arrested 13 protesters involved in the demonstration.

“We accomplished exactly what we came here to accomplish—we wanted to shut down the highway, shut down the airport, and show solidarity with other Black Lives Matter groups,” protester Michelle Barnes told the Star Tribune.

Black Lives Matter chapters also staged #BlackXmas protests in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.