A Federal Judge Just Ruled That Black Lives Matter Can't Be Sued


She also took aim at U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson, who ruled on the case, for his claims that Mckesson was engaging in protected free speech.

A federal judge in Louisiana ruled Thursday that Black Lives Matter is a social movement and can not be sued, deflating the legal case of an unnamed police officer injured in a demonstration in July 2016.

On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that the Black Lives Matter movement is a social cause that can not be taken legal action against.

While the movement itself lacked the capacity to be sued, an associated entity could be held liable, Jackson said.

Jackson also dismissed the officer's attempts to add the hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter as another defendant in the case.

Protests, vigils and memorials sprang up nationwide after the shooting of Sterling by police outside a Baton Rouge convenience store. The federal lawsuit was filed anonymously on behalf of East Baton Rouge Parish police.

Mckesson, a gay man who lives in Baltimore, responded to the ruling by telling the Post, "It is an expected tactic that those in power will try to use the courts to silence activists and organizers". The suit has now been dismissed. "The movement began as a call to end violence and that call remains the same today". That suit, which is pending before the same federal judge, accuses Black Lives Matter and five of its leaders of inciting violence that led to the deadly ambush.

Activist Deray McKesson shut down Judge Jeanine Pirro on Friday after the Fox News host accused him of "directing the violence" at a Baton Rouge protest held previous year.

He was one of roughly 200 protesters arrested at the July 2016 protest and charged with obstructing a highway. Surely an individual can be held responsible for his rhetoric, if not the "social movement" he purports to lead. "They solicit money. They have national chapters", Grodner said.

During a hearing in June, Mckesson's attorney, Billy Gibbens, said Black Lives Matter did not have a governing body, dues-paying members or bylaws.

The officer attempted to sue the social movement and an activist after he was hit with a rock during a protest a year ago in Baton Rouge, La. It's not possible, a federal judge just ruled, saying the group can not be sued because no such "entity" exists. All of Klayman's claims against Mckesson and Black Lives Matter have been dismissed or withdrawn.