The demonstration at Mall of America in Minnesota led to numerous arrests, but some charges have now been drooped according to Minnesota Public Radio.
According to a story by reporter Curtis Gilbert, there was never a clear order to leave given to the demonstrators before their arrest, therefore the charges of “trespassing” have been dropped.
Bloomington prosecutors have dropped trespassing charges against the organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America in December. While mall officials that day told the group repeatedly over a loudspeaker that the demonstration was unauthorized, they forgot to use one key word: leave.
“For a good trespass case, somebody in a position of authority must tell you you have to leave the property,” Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson said Wednesday.
The mall’s announcement simply told the crowd to “disperse,” said University of St. Thomas Law School Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, who helped organize the protest.
“Disperse means to spread or to spread out,” she said, “and that’s what we did.”