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Faith leaders urge dropping charges against Mall of America Black Lives Matter protesters

By staff |
March 2, 2015
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Bloomington, MN - As Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson moves forward with criminal charges against 11 alleged organizers of the huge Black Lives Matter demonstration at the Mall of America, over 100 faith leaders have signed on to an open letter urging the charges be dropped.

The letter asks Johnson to redirect public resources to address racial disparities in Bloomington rather than using public dollars to prosecute courageous leaders fighting against racial inequity and requests a meeting with her to open a dialogue on issues of racial disparities in Bloomington specifically.

Eleven individuals targeted by Sandra Johnson will appear in court on March 10 for their arraignment on charges ranging from trespassing to disorderly conduct after their attendance at the peaceful demonstration which included nearly 3000 individuals on Dec. 20, 2014 at the Mall of America.