We talked to a few people at the protest about what the event meant to them, why the Mall of America was the ideal place to gather, and why it's important to keep the dialogue open between organizers, the public, and law enforcement.
A mother of two told us: "I don't think this is a black or white movement. I think this is a right or wrong movement."
The Mall of America briefly shut down in the wake of the protest and now organizers are facing charges and fines for gathering in the mall's East Rotunda. Nearly 20 years ago, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Mall of America after a different protest -- classifying the space as private property and not a public forum.
Video production by Todd Wardrope for City Pages.
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