A victim of the anti-police shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last year is now suing Black Lives Matter-associated activists for inciting violence that led to the shooting.
The wounded cop is not named, but is believed to be Sheriff Deputy Nicholas Tullier, Associated Press reports.
The lawsuit explicitly points out Black Lives Matter, saying, “a person violently protesting against police, and which violence was caused or contributed to by the leaders of and by ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’.”
The shooter in Baton Rouge, Gavin Long, an African-American military veteran, reportedly made a manifesto before the shooting where he talked about a war between “good cops” and “bad cops” and thought he had to “bring the same destruction that bad cops continue to inflict upon my people.”
“I see my actions as a necessary evil that I do not wish to partake in, nor do I enjoy partaking in, but must partake in, in order to create substantial change within America’s police force, and judicial system.” he wrote in his manifesto.
The suit, if successful, could set a precedent for how a group’s rhetoric could lead to violence and terror, like in the case of anti-police shootings in Baton Rouge and Dallas, where Micah Xavier Johnson opened fire on officers, killing five and wounding nine.
Johnson expressed a desire “to kill white people, especially white officers.”
This isn’t the first time someone has tried to bring legal action against Black Lives Matter. One of the father’s of a slain Dallas police officer filed suit against Black Lives Matter leaders last November.