A Louisiana police officer has filed a lawsuit against Black Lives Matter accusing the organization of inciting violence that led to the deadly ambush of Baton Rouge cops by a gunman last summer.
In a report from the Associated Press, the federal lawsuit lists DeRay Mckesson and four other Black Lives Matter leaders as defendants. The suit was filed on behalf of one of the officers wounded during an attack from Gavin Long, a black Marine veteran who killed three other police officers before being shot dead on July 17. The suit was filed Friday.
As the Associated Press reports:
Friday’s lawsuit claims Mckesson was ‘in charge of’ a July 9 protest that ‘turned into a riot.’ Mckesson ‘did nothing to calm the crowd and, instead, he incited the violence’ on behalf of Black Lives Matter, the suit alleges. The suit describes Long as an ‘activist whose actions followed and mimicked those of’ the sniper who killed officers in Dallas days earlier. The suit also claims Black Lives Matter leaders incited others to harm police ‘in retaliation for the death of black men killed by police’ and ‘all but too late’ began to denounce the shootings of police after the Baton Rouge attack.
The attack occurred less than two weeks after the death of Alton Sterling, who was fatally shot by a Baton Rouge police officer. The Associated Press also notes that the suit does not reveal the officer’s name but its description of matches that of East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Tullier, who has been at a Houston rehabilitation hospital since November.
The same attorneys who filed Friday’s suit previously sued Black Lives Matter and Mckesson on behalf of another Baton Rouge cop who was injured during a protest over Sterling’s death last July.