by McIntosh | July 8, 2017 2:06 pm
A Louisiana police officer has now taken action and filed a federal lawsuit against Black Lives Matter and five of the movement’s top leaders after he was injured in an anti-police ambush attack last year that left three of his companions dead.
According to Reuters, the unidentified police officer is claiming the movement and its leaders incited the ambush by using anti-cop rhetoric. The lawsuit has already been filed in a U.S. district court in Louisiana. The officer is seeking damages estimated to be at least $75,000.
DeRay Mckesson, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement who has been embroiled in protests in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, along with four other BLM leaders are also identified as defendants in the suit.
In response to the lawsuit, Mckesson’s only words were, “This is quite a world.”
The suit does not name the plaintiff, but according to Fox News, the officer is East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Tullier. The officer was wounded last July 17 when Gavin Long ambushed police officers in a shooting disturbance in Baton Rouge. Three officers were injured, one severely and three others were killed during the violence, which only lasted less than 10 minutes. After getting into a shootout with officers, Long was finally shot and killed by a SWAT officer.
The shooting took place after anger over the disputed shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. Sterling, 37, was shot and killed by a police officer on July 5 as two officers were attempting to subdue him on the ground. The Department of Justice did not find police misconduct in the case and the Louisiana attorney general’s office is managing a separate investigation.
Mckesson and two other protesters had gone a ahead and sued the Baton Rouge Police Department and a number of other area officials, believing that police had no right to arrest hundreds of demonstrators during the protests.
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