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Mall of America protest participants to appear in court Tuesday

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The rotunda of the Mall of America fills up before a protest on Dec. 20, 2014.
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Eleven people charged with trespassing and other offenses after demonstrating at the Mall of America in December will appear in Hennepin County court Tuesday.

The demonstration, organized by the group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, was a response to the deaths of black men at the hands of police officers.

The Mall of America responded to the protest by shutting down a section of the building to customers. Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson said that protest organizers face thousands of dollars in fines and restitution, for extra security costs.  

Attorney Bruce Nestor, a member of the Black Lives Matter legal team, said he finds the nature and number of charges disturbing.