The Baton Rouge, La., police officer who anonymously sued both Black Lives Matter and activist DeRay Mckesson will have to seek his legal revenge elsewhere. A federal judge ruled Thursday that Black Lives Matter is a social movement not unlike the civil rights movement or the Tea Party, and therefore cannot be sued.
The police officer filed his lawsuit against BLM and Mckesson last year, after he was reportedly injured during a protest in Baton Rouge after the shooting of Alton Sterling. The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson dismissed the officer’s lawsuit, ruling that Black Lives Matter is an entity incapable of being sued.
In his 24-page ruling, Jackson said that the officer’s own claims demonstrated that Mckesson “solely engaged in protected speech” at the July 9, 2016, demonstration.
Jackson wrote in his ruling, “Although many entities have utilized the phrase ‘black lives matter’ in their titles or business designations, ‘Black Lives Matter’ itself is not an entity of any sort.” Read more...
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