The Mall of America Sends Black Lives Matter a Message That'll Have Everyday Shoppers Cheering

| DEC 21, 2015 | 10:46 PM

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Since the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, the Black Lives Matter movement has done a lot of controversial things to draw attention to itself.

Here are just a few of them...

Blocking freeways:

Drowning out politicians via shouting:

Getting very up close and personal with law enforcement:

And crowding the malls while shouting and protesting:

And now the U.S.'s largest mall, the Mall of America, has decided to take legal action to prevent the group from protesting during one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Kare 11 reported that:

The Mall of America has filed for a restraining order against leaders of Black Lives Matter (BLM) in an attempt to head off a protest scheduled for one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

The legal documents, filed in Hennepin County Court, name BLM leaders Michael McDowell, Miski Noor, Lena Gardner, Kandace Montgomery and four others named only as John Does 1 through 4 as defendants. The request for the temporary restraining order says BLM has been using its Facebook and Twitter pages to promote a demonstration at the Mall of America's East Rotunda at 1 p.m. on December 23, 2015.

In asking for a restraining order, attorneys for MOA point to a similar protest held on December 20, 2014 involving approximately 1,000 protesters inside the mall. Mall attorneys maintain that many retailers reported double digit decreases in sales on December 20, 2014, the date of that demonstration.

In response, Black Lives Matter's Minnesota branch has called the move “unconstitutional” and a barring of “free speech.”

The following image shows Black Lives Matter protesters 'demonstrating' at the Mall of America last year:

BLOOMINGTON, MN - DECEMBER 20: An estimated 10,000 protesters from the group "Black Lives Matter" disrupt holiday shoppers on December 20, 2014 at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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Even with the possibility of legal action, Black Lives Matter says it has no plans to stop its 'demonstration' on the 23rd.