My daughters participated in a hand bells choir at the Mall of America, Radisson Blu hotel, yesterday, about an hour after the scheduled Black Lives Matter protest.
When we arrived at 3:15 p.m., the traffic was heavy and we counted about 12 police cars lined up on the side of the MOA nearest the hotel. We accepted the offer for the hotel to park our car. The hallway that connects the hotel to the mall was locked and at least three security officers were manning the area.
The choir was scheduled to play Christmas songs for two hours. Initially, mostly hotel guests and the students’ parents attended their performance. But, eventually, the hallway to the Mall was opened again. Shoppers wandered through the hotel and listened to the students playing as well.
We are thankful that the protest remained peaceful overall.
We wish a Merry Christmas to all and a Happy and Healthy New Year.