One police officer then sued Black Lives Matter and McKesson, after he lost several teeth when a projectile thrown by a protestor struck him in the face - but a federal judge dismissed the suit on Thursday, ruling that Black Lives Matter, like the Tea Party, is a movement and therefore can not be sued.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Black Lives Matter and one of its leaders, DeRay Mckesson, saying Black Lives Matter is a movement and as such can't be sued - and a hashtag can't be sued either. "Therefore, all claims against "Black Lives Matter" must be dismissed because social movements lack the capacity to be sued".
The officer's suit also attempted to add the hashtag #blacklivesmatter - described as "a national unincorporated association" based in California - as a defendant, but Jackson ruled that a hashtag can not be sued either.
The protest followed the death of Sterling, a black man fatally shot by a white police officer in front of a Baton Rouge convenience store that triggered weeks of protests around the U.S.
Mckesson, who was present at the demonstration, acted well within his rights of protected free speech, according to the judge.
Judge: Black Lives Matter Can't Be Sued
The judge also denied the plaintiff's request to add Black Lives Matter Inc., a group connected to the movement, to the suit. Mckesson was one of almost 200 protesters arrested after Sterling's death.
Mckesson was one of almost 200 protesters arrested after Sterling's shooting death.
DeRay Mckesson had a federal judge dismiss a case against him but he may not get off that easy after taking on Judge Jeanine Pirro. "The movement began as a call to end violence and that call remains the same today".
The officer's attorney had argued that Black Lives Matter solicits donations, and has organized meetings throughout the country, which make it a national organization. However, local authorities later declined to press charges against McKesson and 100 other protesters who were arrested along with him. But until Black Lives Matter is held responsible for their rhetoric, just like anyone else, the violence will continue.
Mckesson's attorney, Billy Gibbens, said during the hearing in June that Black Lives Matter doesn't have a governing body, dues-paying members or bylaws. "This shows a level of national organization".
When you refer to police as "terrorists" and accuse them of deliberately targeting black people, you should be held accountable for inciting people to violence. It's not possible, a federal judge just ruled, saying the group can not be sued because no such "entity" exists. But Black Lives Matter was an exception, he said.
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