St. Louis: A Louisiana police officer cannot sue Black Lives Matter because it is a social movement, a United States judge ruled on Thursday, finding the campaign could not be held responsible for injuries he got at a protest.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Black Lives Matter and one of its leaders, DeRay Mckesson, saying Black Lives Matter is a movement and as such can't be sued - and a hashtag can't be sued either.
A Louisiana cop can't sue Black Lives Matter since it is a social development, a US judge administered on Thursday, finding the battle couldn't be considered in charge of wounds he got at a dissent. Mckesson attended the rally, which was held to protest the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, a black man, by a white police officer.
Attorneys for the officer, Black Lives Matter and the activist named in the lawsuit did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Mckesson was one of almost 200 protesters arrested after Sterling's death.
Mckesson was exercising his constitutional right to demonstrate, the judge ruled, and he can not be held liable for the conduct of other protesters. According to Fox News, the judge made the ruling in a case filed by an anonymous officer who was injured at a BLM demonstration in July 2016. He has long described Black Lives Matter as a call to end violence. He was held for 16 hours on a charge of obstructing a highway.
The Baton Rouge policeman, who filed his suit under the name John Doe, claimed Mr McKesson incited violence at the protest and blamed him for injuries he suffered after getting struck in the face with a rock.
During the hearing, McKesson's attorney, Billy Gibbens, said Black Lives Matter did not have a governing body, bylaws or due-paying members.
In July of 2016, more than 100 people were arrested at a Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge that was triggered by the killing of Alton Sterling, a black man who was not holding a gun when he was pinned to the ground and shot by police; and a few days later, Philando Castile, who was fatally shot in his vehicle. "They solicit money. They have national chapters", Grodner said.
The judge also denied the plaintiff's request to add Black Lives Matter Inc., a group connected to the movement, to the suit. But Black Lives Matter was an exception, he said.