Black cop files suit against Black Lives Matter for inciting anti-police violence
A 17 year veteran of the Dallas Police force and president of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation has filed suit in federal court against Black Lives Matter and several individuals including George Soros and Barack Obama. Sergeant Demetrick Pennie, who is black, is seeking $500 million in damages for incitement to riot and violence against police officers.
The listed defendants include not only those associated with the Black Lives Matter movement but public figures such as the Rev. Al Sharpton, Louis Farrahkan, George Soros, the New Black Panthers Party and even President Barack Obama and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
According to the suit, the defendants "have repeatedly incited their supporters and others to engage in threats of and attacks to cause serious bodily injury or death upon police officers and other law enforcement persons of all races and ethnicities."
The suit accuses the defendants of inciting supporters and others "to engage in threats and attacks" against law enforcement officers around the country, including the July 7 murders of five Dallas officers by Micah Johnson after a Black Lives Matter demonstration.
Pennie is being represented by Larry Klayman of lobbying organization FreedomWatch.
"Sergeant Pennie and I feel duty-bound to put ourselves forward to seek an end to the incitement of violence against law enforcement which has already resulted in the death of five police officers in Dallas and the wounding of seven more, just in Texas alone," Breitbart quoted Klayman as saying in a release.
The 66-page complaint seeks damages of more than $500 million.
Even in civil court where the standards of evidence are much looser, it will be difficult if not impossible for this suit to go forward. Pennie must prove there was deliberate intent to incite people to violence - something like what Michael Brown's stepfather said at a demonstration; "Burn this bitch down." The intent there is clear.
"Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon" could be construed as intentionally inciting a mob to violence, but that chant is not attributed to BLM leadership. Making them responsible for the chant would be tough to do legally.
Black Lives Matter's threats and intimidation are more subtle, as is President Obama's and others enabling the violence by agreeing with BLM's thesis of policemen targeting black people for death. It remains to be seen whether Pennie's legal team can convince a judge that the suit has merit.
Even if it doesn't meet the legal standard, an objective observer would agree with the suit's premise.