Black Lives Matter Readies Protest at Minnesota Mall
Members of the St. Paul Black Lives Matter chapter are planning at demonstration at the Rosedale Shopping Center on Sunday. The group is looking to enhance pressure city officials in Falcon Heights to end their contract with St. Anthony Police. Philando Castile, 32, was shot and killed in a traffic stop by a St. Anthony officer near the Shopping Center.
Organizers say the march will begins at 1 p.m. at an undisclosed location inside the mall, so authorities won’t be able to fully prepare for it, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
The group’s Facebook page was bombarded with remarks: “Let’s shut it down. Let’s hit them where it hurts,” read one comment. Black Lives Matter activists are urging attendees to only bring their voices, but no signs or violence.
During an emotional City Council meeting on Wednesday, many Falcon Heights residents demanded that the city discontinue ties with the St. Anthony Police. Council Members urged constituents to let the investigation take its course before making any conclusions regarding the contract. Both St. Anthony and Falcon Heights are in the second year of their five year contract.
According to the activist hacker coalition, Anonymous Legion, 36 U.S. cities are expected to participate in a “Day of Rage,” in which citizens protest against social injustices on Friday.
The organizations posted a five minute video online inspiring Americans to partake in civil disobedience in light of Alton Sterling, Castile and other Black men who have been killed by police. Dozens of cities like Seattle and Boston will see protests between 4p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday.
Anonymous Legion says the Minneapolis meeting will take place at local Urban League Headquarters. However, both Black Lives Matter activists and the Urban League said they knew nothing about the “Day of Rage” event. Leagues representatives stated they weren’t contacted and they don’t have any permission to use their property.
“We’re opposed to the very idea of a ‘day of rage.’ We think ‘rage’ is the antithesis of what we need right now. What we need right now is compassion, understanding and dialogue. Rage is uncontrolled anger, and if there was ever a time for control, it’s right now,” Urban League President Steve Belton said in a statement.