Cop injured in ambush sues Black Lives Matter movement for inciting violence in deadly attack
Posted on 7/7/2017 2:15:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
One of the officers wounded in the deadly ambush on cops in Baton Rouge last year is suing leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement. On July 17th, 2016, 29-year-old Gavin Long killed three officers and wounded three others in a targeted attack. The suit accuses Black Lives Matter of inciting violence.

But legal analyst Tim Meche doesn't see this going far, "Black Lives Matter does have a first amendment right to protest. And under the American constitution you can not be penalized for exercising that right."

Meche says another reason he doesn't see any money being recovered is because Black Lives Matter likely doesn't have any assets to be seized. He feels this suit has been brought to make a political point.

"A lot of people may agree with it, and it's well intentioned" said Meche.

Long had posted videos on the internet calling for retaliation against cops over what he called oppressive treatment of African Americans. Meche says you'd have a hard time holding anyone accountable for the actions of a person who was clearly insane.

"You just can't sue somebody who's expressed their legitimate first amendment right because some crazy person reacted crazily," said Meche.

The suit's description of the plaintiff matches East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Nicholas Tullier who is still hospitalized. The plaintiff attorneys are Donna Grodner and Denise Vinet.

Baton Rouge Attorney Beau Brock says they’ll have to show that the protests following the shooting of Alton Sterling sparked Long into attacking Baton Rouge law enforcement.

"The problem is going to be causation, and there may be precedent around the country, I don't know about other areas" said Brock. "But I'm sure Donna has looked into it, and researched it."
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