As a result of a deadly ambush last summer against law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, one officer has filed a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter organization.
Named in the lawsuit is one of the key leaders of the group, DeRay Mckesson, who has led multiple Black Lives Matter protests, including Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he managed to get himself arrested during a protest on July 9.
Just days later, on July 17, gunman Gavin Long ambushed six police officers in Baton Rouge, killing three and wounding three others, before he was finally shot dead.
In addition to Mckesson, four other Black Lives Matter leaders are also named in the lawsuit, which was filed Friday. The officer filing the lawsuit is not identified in the suit, but based on his description, he is assumed to be East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Tullier, one of the officers injured in the ambush.
Tullier, 42, a father of two children, was shot in the head, stomach and shoulder, and was left with brain damage. Five months after the shooting, in December 2016, he finally emerged from a “vegetative state” coma and has reportedly regained some movement in his body and is able to communicate nonverbally.
The lawsuit alleges that Mckesson was “in charge of” the July 9 protest in Baton Rouge, and that he incited the violence, doing nothing to calm the crowd. Just 48 hours prior to Mckesson leading the protest in Baton Rouge, a deadly shooting had occurred at a Black Lives Matter riot in Dallas that had ended in the death of five police officers.
The lawsuit also alleges that Black Lives Matter leaders have promoted violence against police.
When told about the lawsuit on Friday, Mckesson reportedly just said, “This is quite a world.” He said he hadn’t spoken yet to his attorney Billy Gibbens, about the lawsuit.
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