The father of a police officer killed during the July Dallas shooting sued the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement for inciting violence.
Enrique Zamarripa, the father of slain officer Patrick Zamarripa, filed a lawsuit Monday against BLM activist Rashad Turner and George Soros, among others, reports the Star-Telegram.
The 43-page lawsuit seeks up to $550 million in damages and alleges that organizers of Black Lives Matter caused a “War on Police.”
“While Defendant Black Lives Matter claims to combat anti-black racism. The movement has in fact incited and committed further violence, severe bodily injury and death against police officers of all races and ethnicities, Jews, and Caucasians. Defendant Black Lives Matter is in fact a violent and revolutionary criminal gang,” the lawsuit reads.
Protesters gathered July 7 in Dallas to demonstrate against the police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. Micah Johnson opened fire into the crowd during the protest, killing five Dallas police officers. (RELATED:Dead Shooter Identified, 3 Suspects In Custody After Killing 5 Officers, Wound 7 Others At Dallas Anti-Police Protest)
The suit blames the Black Lives Matter movement’s rhetoric for influencing Johnson to attack the police officers. The groups have persuaded their followers “that there is a civil war between blacks and law enforcement, thereby calling for immediate violence and severe bodily injury or death,” the suit maintains.
Larry E. Klayman, an attorney with Freedom Watch, is representing Zamarripa.
Next Generation Action Network, the organizer of the July 7 protest, is not named in the suit. BLM does not have a local Dallas chapter.
Dominique Alexander, Next Generation Action Network’s leader, said he was frustrated by the lawsuit.
“You’re suing somebody who had nothing to do with this rally,” Alexander said. “The only thing this [lawsuit] has done is continue to feed the rhetoric. There is a problem in America, and we have to come together to address it.”
Zamarripa, whose son served three tours in Iraq, said he wants justice for his son.
“I want justice for my son,” he said. “He served three tours in Iraq, he protected his country, and he protected everybody. And he gave up his life doing that. When people were running away from the gunshots, he was running toward them.”
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