The father of one the five police officers murdered in Dallas by a Black Lives Matter supporter in July is taking the domestic terrorist group to court, along with a number of other black nationalist groups and race-baiting social justice agitators who he claims incited a “war on police.”
The father of Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa — a Fort Worth native who was one of five officers killed in downtown Dallas in July — is suing Black Lives Matter, among other groups, alleging that its organizers incited a “War on Police” that led to his son’s death.
Enrique Zamarripa filed a 43-page lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Monday, seeking damages of up to $550 million.
“While Defendant Black Lives Matter claims to combat anti-black racism,” the lawsuit said, “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.”
Patrick Zamarripa, 32, was working on bicycle patrol the night of July 7, when hundreds marched through downtown Dallas, protesting the recent shootings of African-Americans by police.
Toward the end of the march, a sniper, Micah Johnson, opened fire, ambushing the crowd and killing five police officers — four from the Dallas Police Department, including Zamarripa, and one from the DART Police Department.
Zamarripa, a graduate of Paschal High School in Fort Worth, had become a police officer after serving three tours of duty in Iraq.
His father’s lawsuit does not name the Next Generation Action Network, which helped organize the July 7 protest, or its leaders as defendants. But it includes a long list of other activists:
Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam; Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network; Black Lives Matter organizers Rashad Turner, Opal Tometi, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, Deray McKesson and Johnetta Elzie; Malik Zulu Shabazz, leader of the New Black Panthers Party; and George Soros, a supporter of Black Lives Matter.
Enrique Zamarripa’s lawsuit claims that Johnson, the Dallas shooter, was “acting as an agent of and at and under the direction of” the defendants.
Zamarripa’s lawsuit isn’t the only lawsuit targeting Black Lives Matter.
BLM organizer Deray McKesson is being sued by ann unnamed officer from Baton Rouge (LA), who filed suit against McKesson over the injuries the officer he said he sustained as the domestic terror group rioted over the death of serial felon Alton Sterling.
A Baton Rouge police officer who claims he was injured during a protest after a deadly police shooting filed a lawsuit Monday against prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, who was arrested at the demonstration.
The unnamed officer’s federal lawsuit says he was struck in the face by a piece of concrete or a “rock like substance” thrown at police during a July 9 protest over the death of Alton Sterling, a black man shot and killed during a scuffle with two white officers.
The suit doesn’t accuse Mckesson of throwing anything at officers but claims he “incited the violence” on behalf of Black Lives Matter, which also is named as a defendant.
Mckesson “was in charge of the protests and he was seen and heard giving orders throughout the day and night of the protests,” the suit says. “The protest turned into a riot.”
The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, says the officer lost teeth and had injuries to his jaw and brain.
Mckesson, who said he hasn’t seen the suit and couldn’t immediately comment on it, was among nearly 200 protesters arrested during the protests sparked by Sterling’s fatal shooting July 5. He and other protesters have sued the city of Baton Rouge over their arrests, accusing police of using excessive force and violating their constitutional rights.
I don’t expect either lawsuit to go very far as it seems difficult to directly link specific actions of the defendants to harm suffered by the plaintiffs, but I’m not an attorney, judge, or jury.
It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens if judges determine in these cases feel that there is enough evidence for the cases to go to trial. If they are successful in getting at least that far, I expect wounded officers and the estates of deceased officers to launch a waves of lawsuits designed to break these hate groups and their supporters the way lawsuits broke the back of the national Ku Klux Klan groups using tactics devised by Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) beginning in the early 1980s.