Federal judge to decide if Black Lives Matter can be sued
By Christen Smith
A federal judge began hearing arguments Wednesday to determine if a Louisiana cop’s lawsuit against Black Lives Matter can proceed.
The decision that will ultimately decide if the organization can actually be sued at all, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The question arose after an unidentified Louisiana police officer took legal action against the group and one of its leaders, DeRay Mckesson, for injuries he sustained while patrolling Black Lives Matter protests in Baton Rouge after the death of Alton Sterling.
A white police officer shot and killed Sterling, a black man, outside a convenience store in July 2016. The incident sparked nationwide protests from Black Lives Matter and other activists angry about perceived disproportionate police brutality against people of color.
McKesson’s attorney, William Gibbens, argued in court documents Black Lives Matter doesn’t collect dues, have established bylaws or a governing body and is, at best, “a community of interest.”
“However, even as a community of interest, it would be nearly impossible to ascribe a single common purpose or interest to the hundreds of thousands of different people, many with different goals and motives, who have protested, posted online, or acted under the ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner,” Gibbens wrote.
Gibbens wants U.S. District