Mall of America asks judge to bar Black Lives Matter protest on busy shopping day

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Minnesota judge says she’ll decide soon whether to issue an order barring Black Lives Matter from staging a protest at the Mall of America.

Judge Karen Janisch heard arguments by attorneys for the mall and protest organizers Monday, two days before the scheduled Wednesday protest over the police shooting of a black man in Minneapolis last month.

Mall attorney Susan Gaertner says it is private property and that the owners prohibit demonstrations.

Jordan Kushner, an attorney for the protest organizers, says the mall still doesn’t have the right to ban speech.

The mall is hoping to prevent the type of disruption that thousands of protesters caused last year, when stores had to temporarily close and dozens of people were arrested.