The activist group Black Lives Matter says that all substantive trespassing charges against the alleged organizers of last year’s Mall of America protest have been dropped.
The American Civil Liberties Union and other legal activists say that a number of Twin Cities suburbs have laws still on the books that are at least as troubling as Minneapolis’s repealed ordinances.
Minneapolis Chief of Police Janee Harteau said she launched an investigation after allegations that police went too far, even potentially harming a young boy, while monitoring a rally outside city hall Wednesday evening.
Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is powerful voice for civil rights. She was just named the new President of the NAACP and she played a big role in the recent Black Lives Matter rallies. Now, she’s trying to overcome her critics who think she’s too focused on police brutality issues.
After more than 100 religious leaders called for charges against Black Lives Matter protesters to be dropped in an open letter earlier this week, researchers and professors from Twin Cities academic institutions are doing the same, according to the activist group.
The “Black Lives Matter” group that held a protest at the Mall of America last month is planning another big event in downtown St. Paul on Monday.
The Bloomington City Attorney announced Wednesday that 10 people have been charged in connection with the “Black Lives Matter” protest at the Mall of America on Dec. 20, 2014.
A protest against the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases spilled onto Interstate 35 W just south of downtown Minneapolis Thursday afternoon. The protesters blocked all of the northbound lanes causing traffic backup for miles. The crowd eventually ended up at Minneapolis City Hall.
Thousands packed the People’s Square outside the Government Center in downtown Minneapolis to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin Monday evening. People from across Minnesota came to the rally to support the civil rights prosecution of Zimmerman in a scene similar to rallies being held around the country. For 22-year-old Kyle Mason, the circumstances surrounding the Zimmerman verdict were nothing out of the ordinary. “The recent events of Trayvon Martin really bothered me but they don’t surprise me, which makes it even more bothersome,” Mason said.