Charges dropped against Black Lives Matter MOA protest organizers
MINNEAPOLIS - Charges against the 11 organizers of last December's Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America in Bloomington were dropped Tuesday.
MINNEAPOLIS - Charges against the 11 organizers of last December’s Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America in Bloomington were dropped Tuesday.
In a 137-page decision, Peter Cahill, chief judge of the Hennepin County District Court, dismissed misdemeanor charges of trespassing, unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct against the “MOA 11,” the group of leaders behind the protest that brought more than 2,000 demonstrators to the mall’s East Rotunda during the height of holiday shopping season.
Cahill commended in his decision all parties, including Bloomington police and mall security, for showing restraint during the largely peaceful protest. Charges are still pending against several protesters who were arrested during the Dec. 20 rally.