A police officer who was severely wounded in a shooting rampage in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last year that left three officers dead is suing Black Lives Matter movement leaders accusing them of inciting the violence that spurred the attack.
The officer says in the lawsuit that since DeRay McKesson “was in charge,” so he is to blame and should be held accountable.
“He was seen and heard giving orders throughout the day and night of the protests,” the suit charges. “DeRay Mckesson was present during the protest and he did nothing to calm the crowd and, instead, he incited the violence on behalf of Black Lives Matter.”
The lawsuit filed in a U.S. district court in Louisiana named DeRay McKesson and four other Black Lives Matter leaders as defendants and sought at least $75,000 in damages, Reuters reports.
It came on the one-year anniversary of one of the deadliest days in modern U.S. history for law enforcement. On July 7, 2016, a black man angered by what he saw as deadly racial bias in U.S. policing launched a downtown Dallas sniper attack, killing five officers deployed at a protest decrying police shootings of black men.
McKesson was not immediately available for comment and Black Lives Matter leaders have denied accusations that their movement promotes violence against police.
The officer wounded in Baton Rouge, who was not named in the lawsuit, was shot by “a person violently protesting against police, and which violence was caused or contributed to by the leaders of and by ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’,” the filing said.
Gavin Long, the black gunman who killed the Baton Rouge officers and was later shot dead, identified himself as a member of an African-American offshoot of the anti-government, mostly white Sovereign Citizen Movement, documents showed.
Last year, McKesson and two other activists sued the Baton Rouge police department and other officials over the arrests of nearly 200 demonstrators during mostly peaceful protests over police killings.
These BLM leaders that organize these rally’s that walk around with bullhorns yelling “Black lives matter – fight police brutality” are inciting the violence that led to these three police officers being killed and should be held accountable.
At no point are they heard saying ‘no violence against police’ or when things get out of control do they try to regain it – they know exactly what these so called rally’s lead to.