Boycott of Mall of Louisiana planned Friday following police shooting of Alton Sterling

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It’s impossible for some not to feel the pain and anger that radiates from the people outside the Triple S Food Mart over the death of Alton Sterling.

“It can be any brother or sister out here, they been killing us,” said Chermicka Brown, a protester and friend of Sterling.
 
Local leaders of a Baton Rouge mosque are calling for peaceful protests and an economic boycott of the Mall of Louisiana.
 
“We are attempting to unify the leadership in the city of Baton Rouge and a plan of action, before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he called for an economic withdraw in the United States of America,” said Abdul Rashid Muhammad, a Student Minister of the Nation of Islam.

Supporters of the boycott say hurting the pockets of the city may get someone’s attention and justice for Sterling.

“You want to make a difference you mess with my pocket book, and so that is a peaceful boycott. We got to show we understand how this community works, it works with dollars, because we spend a lot of money all over this world,” said Lorri Burgess, a former Baton Rouge Metro Council member.
 
And organizers say the boycott will go well past Friday if questions aren’t answered.
 
“We have tried everything and everything has failed us. It’s a sad day in the city of Baton Rouge, he was a peaceful man, he had the permission of the store owners to conduct business in front of their store, he was a not a violent man. And the question that we have is what happened to surveillance cameras here at the store, who confiscated them, and why did they confiscate those cameras? So there are several questions which must be answered,” said Student Minister Rashid.
 
Managers of restaurants outside the Mall of Louisiana say they are concerned an economic boycott this Friday could hurt their bottom dollar. 
 
But a manager at Bar Louie says he doesn’t expect a slowdown in business.
 
“Usually most of our traffic comes from the movie theater, a little bit comes from the mall area, but we are so far from the outskirts of the mall, I really don’t see any effect,” said Zachary Reilend, the General Manager of Bar Louie.
 
Some shoppers at the mall say they will stand with the community until their is justice.
 
“I am going to follow the flow of the process, I think it’s time and the only thing people seem to recognize is money taken away and I think it’s time,” said Baton Rouge resident, Cheria Lane-Mackey.

For some outside the Triple S Food Mart they say the boycott isn’t about the economic impact, but brining attention to the fact that black lives continue to be killed by law enforcement.
 
“If I can check a box then I can separate you from me, then you are not American, you are second class, I can police you, I can control you, I can kill you because you aren’t even really apart of this country,” said Preseta Anderson, a protester outside the Triple S Food Mart. 
 
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is monitoring the situation, and Visit Baton Rouge doesn’t believe the shooting will impact travel to our city.

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