MLK Day march planned by Black Lives Matter group


On a day honoring one of the nation's greatest civil rights leaders, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis is planning a remembrance march in St. Paul. Across the nation, local groups will join in the March to #ReclaimMLK.

The Facebook event page says the family of Marcus Golden is joining the march. Golden, 24, was killed by St. Paul Police Wednesday.

"We wish to offer his family our full support and deepest condolences in this time of tragic loss. We will be concluding our march with a vigil at the site of the shooting (216 E University Ave.)," the event post states. "We can't stop now. Eyes on the prize."

The Black Lives matter group is responsible for December protests at the Mall of America that partially shut down the mall on the busiest shopping day of the year. The group also led a march that closed Interstate 35W, then continued to Minneapolis City Hall.

The city of Bloomington is pursuing charges against some Mall of America protestors, and supporters are asking the charges be dropped.

Monday's march starts at the intersection of Snelling and University avenues in St. Paul, WCCO reports.

Community organizer Mica Grimm tells MPR the goal of the four-mile march is to show a link between the civil rights movement and today's movement to end police brutality, after two police officers fatally shot two black men in separate incidents and were not indicted.

Minneapolis Black Lives Matter has a list of the following policy demands it wants to see:

1. Adopt statewide legislation to end racial profiling.
2. Require all Minnesota law enforcement officers to take implicit bias and cultural competency training.
3. Establish an independent community review board for police departments with full disciplinary powers and establish a federal oversight system.
4. Increase the number of officers that live in the communities they serve and immediately repeal the 1990 "Stanek Residency Freedom Bill."
5. De-militarize local law enforcement across the country.

The Pioneer Press reports St. Paul police believe the protest will end at the Capitol at 5 p.m. Organizers expect more than 2,000 to participate.

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