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Black Lives Matter cancels planned Rosedale protest

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A planned protest against the killing of Philando Castile was canceled just an hour before it was due to start at the Rosedale Center.

Black Lives Matter St. Paul made the announcement at noon Sunday, saying that it had to "weigh the risk vs reward" of holding the protest, and said "if the risk becomes too much, we are not willing to put the community members in bad situation."

In its statement, the organization did not say if the decision to cancel had anything to do with the killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge Sunday morning.

Instead, it said the cancellation was made because stores at the mall were already starting to close down in anticipation, so the group felt its aim had been achieved.

"So due to the Rosedale Mall effectively shutting itself down; we have achieved the economic impact we were aiming for and therefore we have no need to go to the mall at 1 PM today."

According to reporters at the mall, police have retained a presence there just in case a protest does break out.

The Pioneer Press' Mara Gottfried also reported that most of the stores at the mall actually did stay open.

The aim of the protest was to pressure the city of Falcon Heights to terminate its contract for policing services with St. Anthony Police.

Philando Castile was fatally shot by St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights on July 7.

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