The St. Paul, Minnesota-based Mall of America sought a restraining order against Black Lives Matter protesters who plan to demonstrate on its property Wednesday, the busy shopping day day before Christmas Eve.
According to the Associated Press, the protesters promised to go forward with their plan to march at the mall, despite mall management’s efforts to deter them from protesting about a police killing of a black man last month.
The organization demonstrated at the mall last Christmas over law enforcement’s killings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.
Protesters at this year’s Black Lives Matter demonstration, the AP reports, demand that authorities release video of the death of 24-year old Jamar Clark, a black man who was shot by Minneapolis Police on November 15.
The restraining order mandates that protest organizers would be required to delete all plans of the demonstration from social media as well as send out notices that the event is canceled.
“Mall of America supports BLM’s First Amendment right to free expression, but courts have clearly ruled that right may not be exercised on private property without the consent of the property owner,” the mall’s attorney wrote in a statement.