Criminal Charges to Be Filed Against Peaceful Mall of America Police Brutality Protest Organizers (VIDEO)

Black lives matter, but not to the Mall of America or to the city of Bloomington, Minnesota. Peaceful protesters swarmed the mall on Saturday to protest the murders of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and everyone else who has been a victim of police brutality.

The demonstration drew thousands, yet there were no injuries or property damage as protesters staged several “die-ins” and held signs with slogans like “Black Lives Matter” in an effort to effect change in America.

Despite the peaceful nature of the protest, police chose to block people from entering the mall and conducting their business. Despite that protesters did not decide to shut the mall down, stores are complaining about the revenue lost during the demonstrations and Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson says the city plans to file criminal charges against those who organized the event.

Mall officials are greedily and busily tallying up estimates of how much revenue was lost by the inconvenience of demonstrators protesting police brutality. Johnson hopes to force organizers to pay not only the “lost” revenue, but overtime for the officers who showed up to the protest unnecessarily.

“You had people yelling and screaming inside the mall that wanted out and you had people yelling and screaming outside the mall that wanted in,” said Nate Bash, an employee at a store that “lost” revenue because of the protests. “I would say the mall was less than half as busy as it should have been considering what day it was.”

“The main perpetrators are those who continued on their Facebook site to invite people illegally to the Mall of America,” Johnson said.

Police are currently combing through the “Black Lives Matter” social media posts to find people to punish. “Who led that march through the Mall of America?” said Johnson. “If we can identify those people who were inciting others to continue with this illegal activity, we can consider charges against them too.”

Lena K. Gardner, a member of the “Black Lives Matter” group, says that several factions took part in the protest on Saturday, and that financial losses are not the fault of the protesters:

“We came to sing carols and raise awareness, and the Bloomington police are the ones who shut down the mall, not us.”

Gardner points to last December, when thousands gathered to sing a son in honor of Zach Sobiech, a young man who died of a rare form of cancer. Like the Saturday gathering, the thousands were peaceful and caused no property damage.

“It’s clear from their actions that these political activists were more concerned about making a political statement and creating a media event than they were about the safety of others, who came to Mall of America for an afternoon of shopping and family entertainment,” the mall said in a statement, adding that it is “extremely disappointed” that protesters ignored warnings that “political” rallies are not permitted.

One must question why the mall was less welcoming of a similar number of people who caused no damage and came simply to raise awareness, than another group who caused no damage and came simply to raise awareness — or why they consider basic human compassion to be a “political” matter.

According to Bloomington police, 25 people were arrested, primarily for trespassing. All areas of the mall were re-opened to holiday shoppers by 5 p.m.

Watch a report on the attempt to punish protesters, below: