Black Lives Matter holds ‘Black Xmas’ protests in Minnesota, California

Black Lives Matter held demonstrations to protest police killings of unarmed blacks.

Black Lives Matter held demonstrations in Minnesota and California on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, to protest police killing of black people.

Citing the lack of an indictment Monday related to the death of Sandra Bland, a black woman who died by hanging in an apparent suicide in a jail cell following a controversial traffic stop, Black Lives Matter called for police accountability and the removal of grand juries in cases involving police shootings.

In Minnesota, four demonstrators were arrested at the Mall of America in Bloomington, where a planned protest over the police killing of an unarmed black man by Minneapolis police.

Black Lives Matter demonstrators camped outside a Minneapolis police station for nearly three weeks after a police officer shot Jamar Clark, 24, on Nov. 15.

While police and mall security dispersed that gathering, protesters also went to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where they briefly shut down roadways to both terminals, leading to eight arrests.

Meanwhile, there were arrested nine female protesters blocking southbound traffic on the 101 freeway near the San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday.

Earlier, hundreds of people had gathered at the Minnesota mall, where organizers for Black Lives Matter had promised to assemble despite a judge’s warning that its owners could legally block the protest.

Just before last Christmas, more than 1,500 Black Lives Matter protesters shut down part of the same mall as they demonstrated against grand jury decisions not to charge police officers in the killings in Ferguson and New York.

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