The restraining order proposes to block a demonstration-protest planned at the Mall of America on Dec. 23, 2015. It would also prohibit the protest organizers from “encouraging others to engage in any demonstration on MOA Premises.” This includes limiting what protestors can say on social media.
“The ACLU of Minnesota is deeply concerned about the restraining order that the Mall of America is seeking against Black Lives Matter organizers,” said Charles Samuelson, executive director, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. “It appears to be unconstitutionally overbroad and an improper prior restraint on speech. Mall of America, and other corporations, should not be able to dictate what private citizens write on their social media accounts. Organizing a protest on social media is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution and should not be restrained. The Mall of America is trying to intimidate free speech activities with this aggressive lawsuit. We hope the District Court will dismiss the restraining order quickly.”