One Texas cop has taken to the courtroom to prove his point — and hopefully, save lives among the “boys in blue” by proving Blue Lives Matter.
A legal battle is brewing between law enforcement and the activist group, “Black Lives Matter” (or BLM). A police officer in Dallas, Texas filed a civil lawsuit against the controversial group to address the growing tension and violence against peace officers in the United States.
According to a report out Friday by Breitbart News, Dallas Police Department Sergeant Demetrick Pennie, a veteran of the United States Army and head of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, filed an amended complaint in federal court against more than a dozen plaintiffs whom he accuses of starting and inciting a “race war” aimed at police officers.
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Larry Klayman, Esq is listed as the attorney and co-plaintiff in the Amended Complaint Civil Action No. 3:16-cv-02010. On behalf of “police officers and other law enforcement persons of all races and ethnicities including but not limited to Jews, Christians and Caucasians,” Klayman and Pennie (the “Plaintiffs”) 17 individuals and groups (the “Defendants”): Black Lives Matter (Nationwide), Johnetta Elzie (BLM leader), Rashad Turner (BLM Leader), Deray McKesson (BLM leader), Alicia Garza (BLM leader/co-founder), Opal Tometi (BLM leader/co-founder), Patrisse Cullors (BLM leader/co-founder), George Soros (BLM financier), Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan (Nation of Islam leader), National Action Network (NAN), Reverend Al Sharpton (NAN co-founder/president), New Black Panthers Party (NBPP), Malik Zulu Shabazz (NBPP leader), Barack Hussein Obama (POTUS), Eric Holder (former U.S. Attorney General), Hillary Clinton (former Secretary of State).
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants “repeatedly incited their supporters and others to engage in threats of and attacks to cause serious bodily injury or death upon police officers and other law enforcement persons of all races and ethnicities.” The plaintiffs seek damages of $500,000 and an injunction to mitigate any actual or perceived threats of “racially-motived violence going forward.”
Within the 66-page complaint, the plaintiffs claim that the defendants conspired, directly and indirectly, to instigate violence and stoke hatred against cops across the country. They rely heavily on the July 7 killings in Dallas where five police officers were killed and seven others injured, including two civilians, following a Black Lives Matter protest. Micah Johnson, an alleged BLM proponent and “reclusive former Army reservist,” as CNN reported days later, died after a bomb exploded by a police-controlled robot.
Reportedly, Johnson became enraged after videos went viral of two high-profile police-involved shootings that claimed the lives of two African American men. In one, video footage shows Alton Sterling, 37, being pinned down by two white Louisiana police officers before being fatally shot. In another, Minnesota school cafeteria supervisor, Philando Castile, died when a police officer shot him during a traffic stop. His fiancé recorded the graphic aftermath of the fatal encounter.
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In a recent press release, Klayman, explained the impetus behind the Black Lives Matter lawsuit.
“Sergeant Pennie and I feel duty-bound to put ourselves forward to seek an end to the incitement of violence against law enforcement which has already resulted in the death of five police officers in Dallas and the wounding of seven more, just in Texas alone.”
Klayman, a self-described “high-profile” Caucasian Messianic Jew, is a former U.S. Department of Justice federal prosecutor, one-time U.S. Senate candidate and founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch. He and the co-plaintiff have reason to believe, either through direct or implied threats that their lives are in danger. Allegedly, they have received threats of bodily harm from at least one member of the defendant class.
The lawsuit charges that the defendants not directly affiliated with the Black Lives Matter organization (Obama, Clinton, Holder, and others), “emboldened criminals” that took their rhetoric as a clear sign to outwardly protest law enforcement. The complaint uses serious language like “terror,” “hate groups” and “gangs” in its targeted indictment. It also points to news snippets from the media and experts in academia, law enforcement and military to support its belief that the defendants are responsible for the ongoing race war between criminals and police.
It’s unclear if the lawsuit will ever reach a courtroom for adjudication. However, it’s highly unlikely that high-profile defendants like Obama, Holder and Clinton will have their depositions taken. Still, it underscores the direction community relationships have taken among law enforcement and the community it serves.
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