Activists cancel protest at Minnesota mall over man’s death

Published 10:14 am Monday, July 18, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Activists have canceled a planned protest at a suburban Minnesota mall over the death of a black motorist shot by a police officer.

Black Lives Matter St. Paul had said it would shut down Rosedale Center in Roseville early Sunday afternoon with a protest.

But the group posted on Facebook Sunday that the mall “has already started to shut itself down” and that it had achieved the economic impact it was aiming for, so the protest was called off.

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Roseville Police Lt. Lorne Rosand says the mall is open and only “five or six” stores are closed.

Thirty-two-year-old Philando Castile was shot and killed earlier this month by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop in nearby Falcon Heights. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.