A police officer anonymously sued Black Lives Matter and DeRay Mckesson, a prominent activist in the movement, after being injured by a rock thrown during a protest over a deadly police shooting in Baton Rouge past year.
Black Lives Matter, Jackson wrote, wasn't an entity capable of being sued.
Brian Jackson, a United States district judge, dismissed the officer's suit and ruled that Black Lives Matter was not an entity capable of being sued.
Jackson also chafed at the inclusion of the hashtag, which the officer and his lawyers defined as "a national unincorporated association" in California.
Jackson also said the anonymous officer, who accused Mckesson of inciting violence against law enforcement, failed to demonstrate how he had done anything other than engage in "protected speech".
It was not clear how the ruling might affect a related lawsuit filed by an officer who was wounded during protests a year ago in Baton Rouge. As a result of his ruling, the judge dismissed the officer's suit. "The movement began as a call to end violence and that call remains the same today". The prominent activist was detained near Baton Rouge police headquarters on a charge of obstructing a highway.
Since its inception, the Black Lives Matter movement has been a target by racists who hate and fear the very thought of Black people uniting for a common peaceful goal.
"It's organized. They have meetings".
As we reported ... the Baton Rouge cop filed a suit against DeRay and BLM, claiming McKesson incited violence at the protest and blaming him for injuries he suffered after getting hit in the face with a rock.
An attorney for Mckesson responded that it was a leaderless movement with no governing body or formal membership. 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", she said. Nor could the officer sue the corporation Black Lives Matter Network Inc., according to the judge.