Judge Rules on Mall of America Restraining Order against Protesters

A judge has granted a restraining order by the Mall of America against three Black Lives Matter organizers, but says she doesn’t have the power to prevent others from showing up to protest. 

Judge Karen Janish approved the request on Tuesday banning the three organizers from showing up to a protest planned for Wednesday. 

The judge also denied the mall’s request to order organizers to alert others on social media that the protest is canceled. 

Black Lives Matter organizers are planning a demonstration at the mall Wednesday to protest the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark. 

Clark was shot in the head on November 15 by Minneapolis police.  He died the next day after being taken off of life support. 

Police say Clark was a suspect in a domestic assault and was shot after allegedly interfering with paramedics who were trying to provide first aid to the victim. 

Protesters vowed to demonstrate regardless of the judge’s decision, hoping to draw attention to Clark’s death and pressure investigators to release video of the shooting. 

The Mall of America is hoping to avoid a repeat of a huge demonstration last December that forced the closure of stores. 

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