LOUISIANA: Federal Court Rules Cop Can’t Sue Black Lives Matter As They’re Not “An Entity Of Any Sort”

The Associated Press reports:

A federal judge has ruled that Black Lives Matter is a social movement that can’t be sued over an officer’s injuries during a protest following a deadly police shooting in Baton Rouge last year.

A Baton Rouge police officer sued Black Lives Matter and DeRay Mckesson, a prominent activist in the movement. But U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled Thursday that Black Lives Matter is not “an entity of any sort,” and like the tea party or civil rights movement, it can’t be sued.

The judge also concluded that Mckesson “solely engaged in protected speech” at the July 2016 demonstration where someone threw a rock at the officer. The protest followed the death of Alton Sterling, a black man fatally shot by a white police officer.

(Tipped by JMG reader TJ)

  • another_steve

    Why can’t the world be nice again?

    • Robin Wayne Bailey

      When was the world ever nice?

      • another_steve

        thinking thinking thinking…

        1952 was a good year.

        • Sebastian

          For who though?
          In all honestly, everyone always thinks they live in the worst time. This is not the worst time — think of WW2, cold war, or further back to MUCH worse times… today certainly ranks high on strange, frustrating, etc, but not worst.

        • geoffalnutt

          52 was even better! No humans!

        • HAAAAAAA
        • Mike

          I have older Jewish friends who told me that when they were children in New York, the good christian boys and girls used to throw rocks at them. It was also a lousy time to be black, gay, or a woman. Life expectancy that year was 65 years. Polio was a threat. And no one outside of Thailand had ever tasted Thai food. Every era and year has its ups and downs. Sadly, we are currently in a period of steep decline.

          • another_steve

            I was born in 1952 in NYC. I have only positive memories of my childhood.

            There were still “neighbors” back then. People who would sit with you on your “stoop” at 10 p.m. and just chat. My sister and I went trick-or-treating on Halloween – after dark – by ourselves. NYC at 10 p.m., my sister and I youngsters roaming the streets without fear. Our parents, without fear.

            Was there also horror then? Strife? Of course.

            But I was oblivious to it.

          • Reality.Bites

            And nothing much has changed in that regard.

          • McM.

            Are you white?

            Just an honest question. No judgement, accusations or anything behind it.

            Asking because middle-class white families were largely insulated and could remain oblivious to issues concerning “others”.

          • another_steve

            There was no bigotry in my white family, McM. And none in the families we associated with.

            The assumption (not yours, but generally speaking) that white folk are intrinsically racist is a racist assumption.

          • Adam King

            Oblivion is nice.

      • safari

        Someone wrote an essay centered around a Tuesday in August sometime in the late 40s.

        • Adam King

          Someone white, one presumes.

    • shellback

      Another Steve,

      I say this at least 5 times every day:
      “I’m glad I wasn’t born any later.”

      • another_steve

        I sometimes say that in relation to HIV/AIDS, shellback.

        Entire generations of queer men have never known a world without HIV/AIDS.

        I’m glad I did.

        • WitlessProtection

          I came of age in 1986, as close to the beginning as one can get. I lived in Kokomo , IN when Ryan White was trying to go to school there. It was a sad time. I consider myself lucky that I didn’t get the virus then, but was well into my 40’s and at a time when meds were just starting to NOT make it a death sentence. Kids today don’t know what it was like back then, when you didn’t know if your friends would be alive tomorrow, or if that little sniffle you got meant you had the virus. I sure don’t miss those days at all!

          • another_steve

            The 80s and 90s were terrible years. Terrifying years. Witnessing the deaths of your contemporaries is a thing you never quite recover from.

            We are, I think, just beginning to emerge from the “sex = death” legacy/mindset that HIV/AIDS imparted to us.

            Just emerging.

          • WitlessProtection

            I won’t agree with you until gays stop using the word “clean” to denote an HIV- status.

          • doninkansas

            And when so many died, one right after another.

          • Adam King

            Endless, overlapping heartbreak and mourning.

  • bkmn
    • Ben in Oakland

      molly is always right.

      • PeggyCGroh

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      • JCF

        …by being left.

    • Nowhereman

      Russia has perfected the art.

      • LeeCMH

        Republicans like to call their divide and conquer strategy, “Wedge Issues,” perfected by Lee Atwater, now long dead.

        • Oland Hill

          And nothing of value was lost.

    • MBear

      at what point is it considered ‘wrecked’?
      asking for a friend

      • boatboy_srq

        Tell your friend the damage was done sometime 1775-1871 but didn’t manifest in its current form until November 2016.

      • cleos_mom

        Installation of the demolition equipment was right after November 1980. Plenty of American voters were cheering.

    • George Kaplan

      Molly would have run through three or four keyboards by now, writing about this catastrophe of an Administration.

      God bless, Molly.

      Rest in peace.

  • geoffalnutt

    Divide and conquer? It’s not working Pooty-poot.

    • Todd20036

      The only ones divided are the GOP senators. Trump cannot even unite them enough to pass something with a simple majority

  • LeeCMH

    Another angry sadist cop.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      I hope his community teases him mercilessly!

      Officer Snowflake to sue mud puddle over splash.

  • romanhans

    In related news, he also discovered you can’t sue “BABY ON BOARD” or “HONK IF YOU’RE HORNY.”

    • RaygunsGoZap

      I am going to sue OPPRESSION AND RACISM! I will be hero.

    • Todd20036

      The RWNJs try calling BLM a terrorist organization where it’s worse than Nazis, and claim they kill people, including police.
      There’s a reason all of my friends are democrats, and none are republicans.

    • I’m gonna sue phrenology!

      • J Ascher

        I’m going after homeopathy. It’s never done me any good!

    • Andymac3

      I’m going to sue Superman for raising the bar way too high for mere mortals like us, and Batman because he’s a bit of a vandal.

      • Richard, another Canuck

        Did Batman steal your heart too? He let me down terribly….

  • gaycuckhubby

    Good ruling!

  • RaygunsGoZap

    I would love to be the fly on the wall when this officer was talking to friends and family about how he was gonna sue BLM and again for the convo after the “kick rocks dumbass” from the court.

  • crewman

    Black Lives Matter started because of an inability to hold police accountable for killing black people (men mostly). It’s pretty ironic that this policeman wants to hold BLM to a higher level of accountability than his group seems to be held to. And particulary ironic when you consider his group is the law enforcers. They should inherently live to a higher standard and set an example.

  • Rex

    See: Wicked Witch of the West vs. The Lollipop Guild.

  • gaycuckhubby
    • The_Wretched

      The Russians want to support any and all social upset they can – good or bad. They blame the CIA for fomenting the political revolutions in the Soviet (later Russian) client states and are trying to do the same to the US and EU. Brexit and Trump were two successes for them.

      • Tomcat

        And that big chunk of land they took from Ukraine. That is now known to have been partially done through social media.

      • Adonisus

        Well…technically they aren’t wrong about the CIA stuff. It’s often forgotten that most of the ‘colour revolutions’ that swept the Communist Bloc in the 80s and 90s were all of a left-wing/socialist bent. When the CIA did finally give them assistance, they basically had to purge these movements of their left-wing elements (hence why Poland’s Solidarity went from a progressive left-wing organization to a highly socially reactionary one).

  • Well, a bit of good news anyway.

  • gaycuckhubby

    This is super shallow of me, but DeRay is fine as fuck!

    • SoCalGal20

      And he’s Family!

      • gaycuckhubby

        Even better!

  • Cuberly

    The ignorance surrounding BLM never ceases to amaze me. To actually take the time to read their mission statement, to watch interviews with Mckesson, it’s not rocket science.

    Check out their website, no seriously, check it out.

    http://blacklivesmatter.com/guiding-principles/

    • Rebecca Gardner

      RWNJs aren’t that sharp or educated. Remember, like Trump said and these stupid fucks cheered, “I Love The Poorly Educated!!!”

      You and I can figure it out. Not these guys.

      • Cuberly

        Yeah, they see the worst of the worst on fox news and draw their opinions from that.

        I’ve had to drag my brother kicking and screaming into acknowledging what BLM is, not what the RWNJ narrative tells him it is. It’s taken persistence but he’s come around which is truly shocking.

        • safari

          I don’t visit my father in the rehab facility because I can’t handle the Fox News that is literally blasting from many of the rooms, including his own. The coverage is all about fear of the other.

          • Cuberly

            When my mom was still alive we had a truce, no fox news when I’d visit. I swear she would go through withdrawal, she’d get edgy and quick to anger. Usually after that first day she’d calm down but seriously it does come across as if it’s addiction.

          • safari

            That’s what I have with my parent’s when I visit. My dad can’t watch it in my presence. Still, he’ll turn it on in the kitchen and blast it since he can’t hear.

        • Rebecca Gardner

          Good for you. Let’s hope your brother sees reality.

          • Cuberly

            He had sort of an a-HA moment when it came to the Philando Castile verdict.

            My brother is a card carrying member of the NRA and the fact that Castile notified the officer about the presence of a licensed firearm in the car prior to being shot was the kicker.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            The Philando Castile verdict still makes me sick to my stomach. That incompetent, racist, fucking Cop (and you all know I love cops) should be in prison.

            My Dad was an NYPD Detective and he used to say that bad cops should be prosecuted twice as harsh as civilians because 1) they have the authority that makes it easy for them to break the law and 2) it destroys the public’s trust in the police which makes their job harder and crime to increase.

          • McM.

            Cops are generally held to different, and curiously lower, expectations. Laws have been passed in states where a police officer can question, detain, and arrest you if they “reasonably believe” a crime has been committed. Whereas for other citizens, ignorance of the law is no excuse.

          • Cuberly

            Your dad was right. The latitude granted police should have strong safe-guards in place to discourage abuse of that power…period.

            Also their hiring practices are freaking me out. So many are hardly the cream of the crop. Some are just angry people with an axe to grind.

      • Nowhereman

        Not only could he murder someone right out in the open, he can also insult them to their faces and they will still follow him.

    • greenmanTN

      Because saying Black Lives Matter means that other lives don’t matter. 🙄

      • Cuberly

        It’s part of their goals though. Black Lives Matter so that we ALL matter.

      • Paul

        Whenever someone says Save the Whales I always reply with Save all water based mammals!. 😉

        • greenmanTN

          Whale hater! 😉

      • cleos_mom

        A shirttail relative to those who just knew that women having equal employment opportunities would “take jobs away from men.” Apparently at some point in history every person with a penis and a Y chromosome was issued a job at birth.

        • greenmanTN

          Somehow the ERA meant “Your daughter’s gonna get drafted and die!”

    • Paul

      “Black Lives Matter doesn’t mean fuck white people, anymore than Save the Whales doesn’t mean fuck everything else in the sea.”

      • markmac123

        Every time some asshole tells me how much they love their kid I scream in their face,
        WHAT ABOUT MY KID?!?!?! WHY DO YOU HATE MY KID?!?!?!

      • Cuberly

        A lot of the misinformation re; BLM lies with MSM not doing their homework.

  • safari

    Good.

  • IcyFaye

    BLM isnt an organization, you simple fucks. Its an IDEA. The idea that melanin shouldnt be a crime.

    • JCF

      THIS.

  • TJay229

    This is the atty for the Cop https://youtu.be/Ki2MIzwsVT4

    • safari

      Damn you for this video.

      • clay

        don’t shoot the messanger 😉

        • safari

          No, but I’ll fight back with Windows 386’s rap
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noEHHB6rnMI&feature=youtu.be&t=6m58s

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Thank you. I now officially feel ancient. I remember being so excited when 386 came out. WOW! Look at what I can do at work now!

          • safari

            A true multiprocess machine

          • sfbob

            That was truly unpleasant.

          • KarenAtFOH

            I got through maybe 90 sec. Ahhhhhhhggggghhh!!!

          • markmac123

            Horrible!

      • TJay229

        LoL

    • The_Wretched

      Interesting. In MN that advertisement would get you disciplined by the lawyers’ ethics board.

  • tonyg

    Surely the court will let him sue Obama since, obviously “He’s paid to start a revolution, and I’m telling you folks, if you
    could get inside of Obama’s house, you would quickly discover that all
    day long he’s orchestrating the revolt across the nation.”-Rick Wiles

    • tonyg

      Maybe he can go after some of that MLK, Jr. estate while he’s at it.

  • Dagoril

    The fact that the idea that black lives do actually matter is considered controversial by people says a lot more about them than it does about BLM.

    • Nowhereman

      I have an ex-friend who asked me why Black Lives Matter wanted to divide our country. It was the last conversation we ever had.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        >> It was the last conversation we ever had.
        And rightfully so.

  • clay

    Maybe if he tried to sue the Bureau of Land Management?

  • John Ruff

    Duh. What’s a social movement? Lol. Brain dead cop

  • Paula

    They only matter 3/5.

  • Hank

    Federal Court Rules Cop Can’t Sue Black Lives Matter As They’re Not “An Entity Of Any Sort”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ebad3f0056a534f114d43b42366615a46b7d1d39e359c88dff5e095b1f1ad61.gif

  • Gustav2

    OMFG

    The Federalist Claims NFL Protests Are ‘Especially’ Offensive to White Americans

    “Their protest, which focuses on the United States as represented by the flag and the national anthem, dishonors every American, especially if they’re white. These protests should outrage all law-abiding Americans because it collectively—and individually—makes them guilty for something they have not done.”

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/the-federalist-claims-nfl-protests-are-especially-offensive-to-white-americans/

    • Adam King

      That doesn’t even get within shouting distance of making any kind of sense.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Sports in general offends me because it promoted the type of culture that bullied those of us so inclined not to partake in that culture. At least back in the 70s when I was growing up. Can I sue?

    • Silver Badger

      Would this be like all like all gay men being child molesters because some catholic priests are?

    • KarenAtFOH

      White people problems.

  • SFHarry

    Maybe Black Lives Matter can then sue the Confederacy.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Thank goodness. If they could sue BLM, how long before they tried to sue “the Gayz” or “little green dinos”!?

    • Palmer

      Didn’t some preacher-nutjob say he wanted to sue every gay person for being gay?

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        LOL – I do remember that, now that you mention it!

      • Gianni

        Some people dream bigger than big.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Who would you even be suing? They’re not a corporate entity, have no physical location, have no officers or leaders or income, have…..I mean, who even got served?

    • MBear

      the police officer who brought the suit was anonymous, if I’m reading the story correctly. I would place a bet the ‘officer’ is white…?

      Probably suing “all thems blacks peepuls”…?

    • Paul

      They honestly think BLM is a Soros funded corporate entity.

  • boatboy_srq

    So:
    Cop shoots suspect because Blah.
    PD: [crickets]
    Protest forms.
    PD: CONTROL! CONTROL!
    Officer injured.
    LAWSUIT!!11!1!

    Because or course the greater ill is a LEO injured doing his sworn duty to keep the Blahs down maintain the peace. Far, FAR more important than one of Those Other People® who LEOs shot for being insufficiently white and/or subservient.

  • narutomania

    Plaintiff: “I want to sue Black People.”

    Judge: “Could you be more specific?”

    Plaintiff: “Well …. uhhh, no. I just want to sue ‘them’.”

    Judge: “Fuck off.”

  • leastyebejudged

    The police and their supporters are a criminal class

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    My company has a location in Baton Rouge and I’ve been there many times. Baton Rouge is a very racially divided city and the police are seen as working for the white citizens to keep black people “in their place”. Nothing has really changed since last summer. The police are seen as the enemy and enforcers of white rule by the black citizens. There is little accountability for police abuse. Alton Sterling’s death will never receive justice.

    It’s hard to see the city as a state capitol. Birmingham, Nashville and Atlanta are light years ahead of Baton Rouge. It’s a city of extremes – wealth and poverty. Whites go to LSU, blacks go to Southern Univ.. Discrimination in employment is pretty common and as a result there isn’t much of a black middle class at all.

    There isn’t a single emergency room or hospital in the minority parts of Baton Rouge. Transportation in minority areas is limited, leaving many with no way to commute to a job if they could get one. And as is typical of the South, whites go to private Christian/Catholic schools and blacks go to poorly run public schools.

    Older white businessmen run the Baton Rouge, and it’s not progressive at all. Young people (white and black) leave for better opportunities in Atlanta and Houston. I know every city has it’s problems, but Baton Rouge has a LOT of them.

  • greenmanTN

    This is so insane it drives me nuts. If I say “My life matters, deserves respect” does that statement mean I think other people’s lives DON’T matter? Of course not. BLM came about due to a distressing series of unarmed black men dying, shot usually, while being arrested.

    This included Tamir Rice, a 12 year old boy with a pellet gun who was shot to death in under 30 seconds (more like 15 seconds) by a young white policeman who had been fired from a police job in another locale because he didn’t have the mental stability for the job. Despite this he was hired by the Cleveland Ohio police, who didn’t do a background check.

    More recently a young black man was shot to death in Minnesota during a traffic stop, in front of his girlfriend and young daughter. Philando Castile informed the officer he had a gun and a conceal/carry permit for it so the policeman wouldn’t freak out if he saw it. Castile reached for his driver’s license and insurance papers in the console between seats, as the officer had requested those documents, and was shot to death for it.

    Would that have happened if he was white? I seriously fucking doubt it.

    Much is said about white privilege and I guess I have been a beneficiary of it. Here’s the thing- I don’t want my privilege to be taken away, I want to see that SAME privilege extended to others, that it not always be assumed that a person is not deserving of respect or automatically seen as threatening due to the color of their skin. We ALL deserve the privilege, as American citizens, of being seen as one of the good guys until we prove otherwise.

    Black lives matter, white lives matter, Hispanic lives matter, police lives matter. Saying that Black Lives Matter by NO means implies that other lives don’t matter or matter less- that’s just right wing bullshit and a dog-whistle to overt and covert racists.

  • Peter Wong

    I toast this defeat of cops trying to intimidate Black Lives Matter through the legal system.

  • JCF

    Filed under “Duh”.