In May 2009, two black men visiting the Mall of America drew the suspicions of a mall security employee as they strolled through the attractions with a video camera. The security guard followed them, noting their locations and alleged actions and calling in two more security guards before stopping the men for questioning. This animation displays the observations of the security guard as written in the mall’s “Suspicious Activity Events Log” and noted with a map of the mall in the incident report. The report was forwarded to the Bloomington Police Department and obtained by NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting in response to a public records request. Documents show that the incident was also reported to the Minnesota state fusion center and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Source: Documents from Bloomington Police Department, Minnesota Joint Analysis Center and Mall of America. Credit: Stephanie d’Otreppe / NPR