A police officer who was wounded in an ambush in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last July just stunned the Black Lives Matter movement with a lawsuit accusing several of its top leaders of inciting violence.
According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court accuses Black Lives Matter movement leaders DeRay Mckesson, Johnetta “Netta” Elzie and three others with having “incited violence against police.”
The suit alleges that the BLM activists’ rhetoric against law enforcement encouraged 29-year-old Gavin Long to kill three Baton Rouge police officers in an attack on July 17, 2016, according to Fox News.
The officer filing the action isn’t named in the lawsuit, but the Advocate says an extensive description of the policeman’s injuries in court documents reveals the plaintiff as East Baton Rouge sheriff’s Deputy Nick Tullier.
According to CNN, Tullier was left in a coma after the shooting from which he only began to emerge from late last year. Tullier’s heart stopped no less than four times in the 24 hours following his shooting and doctors told the family that the officer likely wouldn’t live another day.
Even after he was stabilized, doctors said they didn’t believe Tullier would ever communicate again.
The protests in Baton Rouge began after police shot and killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling earlier in that month. WJZ-TV describes the Baltimore-based McKesson as “the face of the cause” during Black Lives Matter protests in the city.
The suit alleges that McKesson and others came to the city “to incite others to violence against police and other law enforcement officers” and did nothing to stop the fomentation of angry crowds. The group itself “declared a virtual war on police,” the suit says, and that atmosphere created the conditions in which Mr. Long was driven to attack law enforcement.
This cop and his family have clearly had enough, and they’re willing to take their case to court. It’s worth noting that he’s far from the only one who’s been affected — the suit notes that 11 officers have died and nine others have been wounded in attacks it links to BLM activism. Perhaps this unexpected legal tactic is a preview of the way law enforcement is going to act against the rhetoric of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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