Skip to comments.City of Bloomington charges 10 organizers in Mall of America demonstration
Posted on 01/14/2015 5:30:00 PM PST by TurboZamboni
Ten participants in the mass demonstration at the Mall of America in protest of police brutality were charged Wednesday for their roles in what Bloomington authorities say was an unlawful rally.
Authorities say the 10 organized the Dec. 20 gathering. They face an array of misdemeanor charges, including public nuisance, trespassing and disorderly conduct.
The large-scale demonstration drew between 1,500 and 2,000 people to the Mall of America rotunda in protest of recent grand jury decisions that cleared white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York.
The protest lasted more than two hours on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Twenty-five other people arrested on the day of the protest are expected to be charged, Blomington authorities say.
Bloomington spent more than $25,000 on police overtime while the Mall of America paid more than $8,000 for additional security on the day of the rally, according to the charges.
"These charges are absurd," Mica Grimm, one of those charged in connection with the protest, said in a statement Wednesday evening. "The implications of forcing protesters to pay for police presence they didn't ask for sets a dangerous precedent that could potentially affect all citizens and negates the very rights afforded by the constitution to peacefully assemble.
"We will not let these charges silence us. Our message that Black Lives Matter is needed more than ever as just hours ago St. Paul police took the life of another black man under muddled circumstances. Every 28 hours a black person is killed by police or vigilantes," Grimm said.
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wow a whopping ten out of 1500-2000.
guess it didn’t really bother them that much.
guess they don’t give a sh1t about real shoppers and their potential safety.
The same PUKES that shut down I-894 towards Milwaukeestan, WI a few weeks back had Sheriff Clarke arresting and charging 73 out of the 100 arrested that day.
Law Enforcement is pushing back against this stupidity.
lots of these dumb schmucks dont even recognize the term Private Property.
and “If It BIG it must belong to EVERYONE...”
Fortunately they don’t have to indict and prosecute all 1500-2000 - they can convict one or all ten and make them pay for everyone’s misdeeds.
Target the leaders and make them pay a lot.
2009 lawbreakers and only a dozen or two charged? So, 99+ percent of law breaking is just fine with the public servants of Minnesota — It appears the citizens and merchants have to take matters into their own hands now
This guy is the real thing! You're fortunate to have such a man.
On the highway demonstrations:
As a counter demonstration the motorists should have either blown their horns or blasted their stereos to drown out the protesters.
He’s right up there in my Top Five. And his duty horse ain’t half bad lookin’, either! :)
We are BLESSED to have this man! BLESSED!
LOL! Yep. Sure. ;)
Barry and Holder promised federal investigations into Ferguson and Staten Island. Where are the indictments?
“It’s just not (big sigh) Faaair!”
But its the way these things are usually handled.
Probably considerably cheaper to charge a few leaders.
Seems undercharged. Did the DA consider a felony conspiracy charge? That would more fairly encompass their role as the leaders and instigators.
Kudos to Sheriff Clarke.
Imagine that. Proponents of bigger government complaining about bigger government coming down on them.
Sounds like they need bigger government. Maybe further blurred lines between what’s public and what’s private would help them.
(like it or not, the MN Supremes ruled MOA is private property. I think maybe the case should be revisited since the mall gets more money every legislative session.)