Just days after the highly controversial and widely publicized police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, five police officers were slaughtered in Dallas, Texas by Micah Xavier Johnson. Johnson was a former member of the Army Reserve in the Afghan War, and sympathized with the complaints of Black Lives Matter, particularly when it came to the aforementioned men who’d recently lost their lives at the hands of police. His goal was simple: to kill white people – especially white police officers. He succeeded in that goal, causing the worst loss of life for law enforcement in a single day since the September 11th attacks.
It’s undeniable that the rhetoric of Black Lives Matter incites violence against those in law enforcement. While those in the movement love to claim they’re “anti-police brutality” not “anti-police,” their protests say otherwise. Whether it be their chants of “what do we want? dead cops!” or “Pigs in a blanket, fry em like bacon!,” their message is clear. BLM Toronto went as far as blocking a gay pride parade due to the inclusion of a police-themed float.
Will the legal system view their calls to violence as illegal? That’s what one lawsuit is going to find out.
The head of a Dallas police organization is suing a collection of Black Lives Matter figureheads and other prominent individuals for allegedly inciting racial violence against American police officers.Dallas Police Department Sergeant Demetrick Pennie, President of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, filed an amended federal complaint September 16 against more than a dozen defendant institutions and individuals to build a class action case on behalf of “police officers and other law enforcement persons of all races and ethnicities including but not limited to Jews, Christians and Caucasians” for “inciting” race riots and related violence. The suit hopes to produce damages and an injunction placed against alleged threats of racially-motived violence going forward.
The defendants represent a who’s who of public figures in both racial and general political matters. Apart from founding members and public faces related to Black Lives Matter, Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam; Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network; Malik Zulu Shabazz and the New Black Panthers; George Soros; President Barack Obama; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; and Democrat Nominee Hillary Clinton are all included in the suit.
The 66-page federal complaint alleges that each defendant individual and organization “repeatedly incited their supporters and others to engage in threats and attacks” against police officers around the nation, culminating in the July killings of five Dallas area officers with nine others wounded at a Black Lives Matter gathering. The complaint singles out George Soros as “the financier of the BLM Defendants and similar organizations with the goal of inciting a race war” and advocating violence against whites and Jews.
Sgt. Pennie is being represented by Larry Klayman of FreedomWatch. Klayman previously founded the conservative legal watchdog Judicial Watch.
I can’t find any response from BLM’s leadership to these charges, but it’s surely only a matter of time before the lawsuit itself is deemed “racist.”
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]