Demonstrators with Black Lives Matter staged a protest at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, on Wednesday, before moving to block major transport sites.
Three people were arrested at the Mall of America for trespassing, according to a Bloomington Police Department statement given to BuzzFeed News. One person was also arrested for disorderly conduct and another person for an unrelated Olmstead County warrant.
There were no injuries and police reported that no property was damaged.
The demonstration was organized in protest against the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, an unarmed 24-year-old black man shot by an officer on Nov. 15.
Protesters also railed against Monday's announcement that a Texas grand jury had decided to not indict officers over Sandra Bland's in-custody death.
About 1,000 people took part in the protest at the Mall of America, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis spokesperson Autumn Marie told BuzzFeed News.
The protest comes just two days after the Hennepin County Fourth Judicial Court granted the Mall of America's request for a restraining order against three Black Lives Matter protesters.
The Mall of America originally requested that the entire group be placed under a restraining order in anticipation of Wednesday's protest.
Electronic signs at the mall displayed warnings that the protests were not authorized and advised demonstrators to leave the premises.
Authorities put the Mall of America on lockdown shortly after the protest began.
Law enforcement officers in riot gear also gathered outside of the mall.
Protesters looking to join the group in the light rail were stopped by law enforcement, according to people tweeting from the scene.
Upon arriving at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport's Terminal 2, protesters blocked roads and disrupted traffic.
Law enforcement blocked some demonstrators at the airport, but some protesters broke through the police line, according to people at the scene.
Police said 8 protesters were arrested at Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport — 6 for unlawful assembly and trespass, and 2 for gross misdemeanor obstruction of a legal process with force.
Demonstrators with Black Lives Matter Bay Area in Northern California also gathered on a highway to block part of the roadway. Nine people were arrested, CNN reported.
Black Lives Matter protesters in Baltimore also held a separate sit-in demonstration, and members in Los Angeles blocked a portion of the 405 Freeway, according to people tweeting from the scene.
On Twitter, Minneapolis activists celebrated the "shut down" of the mall, light rail, and airport.
The protests only caused closures in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. A previous version of this story included another city that was not affected.
This article earlier cited a tweet from the account @BlackNewsOutlet, which Twitter and Congress have linked to a Russian troll operation. The tweet has been removed.
Leticia Miranda is a retail reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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