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DATABASE: Mall Of America Suspicious Activity Reports

NPR News Investigations and the Center for Investigative Reporting analyzed 125 reports totaling more than 1,000 pages on shoppers and incidents at Mall of America that mall security personnel and local police identified as suspicious persons or activities potentially related to terrorism. The documents included personal information on the subjects, as well as detailed incident narratives written by mall security guards or local police officers or personnel at Minnesota's state fusion center. Indications of whether the cases were forwarded to the FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Minnesota Joint Analysis Center or Immigration and Customs Enforcement were also provided. The database below provides NPR's summaries of the narratives, incident locations and whether the incident involved the taking of photos or videos, which was a common theme. In addition, NPR analyzed the identification of persons by race or ethnic group.

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The Center for Investigative Reporting and NPR sent public records requests to 29 government agencies around the country seeking reports from popular landmarks, shopping malls, sports venues and amusement parks across the Untied States. The only substantive response came from Minnesota, where the city of Bloomington and the Minnesota Joint Analysis Center provided 125 suspicious activity reports, consisting of more than 1,000 pages, relating to Mall of America. NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting contacted and interviewed people in 20 of the reports, some of whom gave us permission to publish their names and reports.