Is Black Lives Matter an organization in the conventional sense, or it is just a loose collection of individuals with clearly violent intentions?
Unfortunately, it might be the latter.
Now the question is whether the organization can be sued, or whether lawsuits must be directed at individuals who participate in acts that subject them to liability.
We are very familiar with the organization that has focused on alleged police attacks on young black men, with its incipiency being traced back to the incidents in Ferguson, Missouri.
The organization or movement has grown since then, and engages in aggressive protests as well as hostile and provocative rhetoric.
The new claim today, this one by several police officers, is that BLM has contributed to or perhaps even provoked violent acts against police.
In particular, BLM and five of its members stand accused in a lawsuit of inciting violence that resulted in deadly attacks on police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Via CBS News:
“A federal lawsuit accuses Black Lives Matter and five of the movement’s leaders of inciting violence that led to a gunman’s deadly ambush of police officers in Baton Rouge last summer.
DeRay Mckesson and four other Black Lives Matter leaders are named as defendants in the suit filed Friday on behalf of one of the officers wounded in the July 17, 2016, attack by a black military veteran, Gavin Eugene Long, who killed three other officers before he was shot dead.
The suit doesn’t name the plaintiff, but its description matches East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Tullier.”
Here’s what we know about the assailant:
“Gavin Long, a 29-year-old former Marine from Kansas City, Missouri, was armed with a semi-automatic rifle when he killed three officers and wounded three others outside a convenience store and car wash near Baton Rouge police headquarters.”
So what motivated Mr. Long to commit this atrocity?
He claims to be a “sovereign citizen” and thus not subject to the laws of the nation. He also admitted to being a member of the Nation of Islam for a while.
But he then goes on to explain why he went on this shooting spree:
“Long also left behind a note saying he believed he had to inflict harm ‘upon bad cops as well as good cops in hopes that the good cops (which are the majority) will be able to stand together and enact justice and punishment against bad cops.'”
There’s some very twisted reasoning here.
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While Long is responsible for his own actions and will no doubt stand trial for them, the question needs to be asked:
Should groups such as BLM be held responsible for inciting its members to commit acts of violence?
“Friday’s lawsuit claims Mckesson was ‘in charge of’ a July 9 protest that ‘turned into a riot.’ Mckesson ‘did nothing to calm the crowd and, instead, he incited the violence’ on behalf of Black Lives Matter, the suit alleges.”
Your right to freedom of speech does not extend to inciting groups to riot or committing acts of violence.
Perhaps an especially devastating finding by the court against BLM will make that point a bit clearer, because the amount of violence and hostility is currently off the charts.
Source: CBS News