Protesters hung banners in center field at the Twins' home opener on Monday. Photo by Sarah McKenzie

Protesters hung banners in center field at the Twins' home opener on Monday. Photo by Sarah McKenzie

Black Lives Matter holds protest at Twins’ home opener

Updated: April 14, 2016 - 3:42 pm

A coalition of activists led by Black Lives Matter and local faith leaders blocked two intersections near Target Field and temporarily disrupted light rail service to call attention to the Jamar Clark case at the start of the Twins’ home opener Monday afternoon.

The protesters also briefly unfurled banners in center field, including one reading, “Re-open Jamar’s case,” before the game started.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced March 30 that he wouldn’t be charging the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Clark in North Minneapolis on Nov. 15.

The demonstrators also said they wanted to call attention to what they described as exploitive labor conditions for workers of color at Target Field.

Temp workers at the stadium and their advocates rallied outside of Target Field last fall to call for higher pay and more predictable schedules.

After the protest in late September, Glen White, manager of corporate communications for Delaware North, the ballbark’s concessionaire, said Minnesota Sportservice has a “strong reputation as an employer at Target Field.”

“We are aware of the concerns regarding the temporary workers assigned to Target Field and will review those with the temporary agencies,” he said.