- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - The Bloomington city attorney has dismissed some charges against Black Lives Matter protesters stemming from a massive demonstration at the Mall of America in December. But other charges remain.

Black Lives Matters issued a statement saying that trespassing charges against the protest organizers were dismissed by the prosecution during a court hearing Wednesday. However, defense attorney Bruce Nestor tells the Star Tribune that charges of aiding and abetting the protest were not dismissed.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports while mall officials told the group repeatedly over a loudspeaker that day that the demonstration was unauthorized, they forgot to use a key word: leave.

Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson says for a good trespass case, “somebody in a position of authority must tell you you have to leave the property.”

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