America's Biggest Mall Seeks Restraining Order Against Black Lives Matter Protesters

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The Mall of America is seeking a restraining order against the Minneapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter.

The largest mall in the country seeks to prevent a Dec. 23 protest on behalf of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police in November, Fox News reports.

Protestors want authorities to release a video of Clark’s shooting and meet other demands. They refuse to acquiesce to the Mall of America’s requests until this is done.

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis called Mall of America’s moves “unconstitutional.”

"The Mall of America continues to seek to bar free speech for the community on its premises,” the group stated on Facebook.

The mall’s attorney disagrees, arguing the group is infringing upon its rights as a private property.

"Mall of America supports BLM's First Amendment right to free expression, but courts have clearly ruled that right may not be exercised on private property without the consent of the property owner," the mall's attorney wrote, reports Star Tribune.

Mall of America states it is primarily concerned protests will cause thousands of stores to close during the busy holiday season, as a 2014 "die-in" demonstration did.

Last year’s protests gained national attention, putting the spotlight on the extrajudicial killing of black Americans by police officers, Mic reports.

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis says it led to little real progress. So, the group believes it is even more important to protest this year, although it promised to keep it peaceful.

“A year after our first Mall of America action, we have not seen nearly enough progress in our state. Last month, Jamar Clark, a young black man, was shot in the head by police while handcuffed,” the group wrote.

The group's protests have reportedly been met with further police violence and fierce opposition.

“We have endured an armed white supremacist terrorist attack where five of us were shot; police violence in the form of mace, batons, and less lethal projectiles; over 50 arrests ... to demand justice for Jamar Clark,” the group wrote. “If it's not clear yet: We won't stop until we get it."

Sources: Fox NewsBlack Lives Matter Minneapolis FacebookStarTribuneMic / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, CBS