Black Lives Matter sued for attack that left officer ‘permanently disabled’
By Daniel Terrill
DeRay McKesson live-streamed his arrest during a Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge on July 9, 2016. (Photo: AP)
A Louisiana police officer blames Black Lives Matter and its leaders for an ambush attack that left him permanently disabled, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in a Baton Rouge federal court.
The officer filed the $75,000 case anonymously, listing his name as Officer John Doe Smith, but describes him as a 42-year old East Baton Rouge Parish police officer with 18 years experience and two children.
Local media reports the description matches Nick Tullier, an East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy who was almost killed in an ambush attack on July 17, 2016. The shooter, Gavin Long, opened fire on six police officers in the wake of the police shooting of Alton Sterling. Long killed three officers and injured three more before he was killed in a shootout with a SWAT team.
The complaint contains examples — in addition to the July 2016 incident that injured Smith — in which Black Lives Matter had organized protests of police shootings of unarmed black men that ended with violence, disruption or property damage. The lawsuit alleges the group contributed to the violence or, at least, encouraged