Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, which is the United States largest mall, has filed a restraining order against Black Lives Matter for a protest to be held Dec. 23rd. Last year, Black Lives Matter held a protest at Mall of America and according to the restraining order, “led to its tenants suffering irreparable harm, including reduced guests and sales.”
The restraining order names Michael McDowell, Miski Noor, Lena Gardner, Kandace Montegomer, and John Doe 1 through 4 as the defendants. It is also asking for a judge to prohibit the protest, prohibit the Black Lives Matter leaders from encouraging the protest, and require them to post the restraining order on all of their social media accounts. Mall of America attorney, Susan Gaertner stated:
This is not about free speech. this is not about whether or not these folks have a good cause. Of course they have a good cause. This about where you demonstrate. And you demonstrate in places like this. In a court-house. Mall of America on Wednesday is a place to take your kids and shop.
But Black Lives Matter leaders refuse to cancel the protest citing their constitutional rights of free speech. A ruling for the case is expected on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
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Source: Clutch Magazine