These (defendants) have incited violence and in fact have a direct link to what happened in Dallas.”
A former federal prosecutor has sued President Obama, the founders of Black Lives Matter, Al Sharpton, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, and former US Attorney General Eric Holder for inciting a race war that led to the fatal Dallas police shootings.
The federal class action lawsuit, filed Saturday in Dallas, accuses the defendants of aiding and abetting murder, terrorist promotion of gang activity and civil rights violations of law enforcement officers. It seeks damages of more than $2 billion.
“These (defendants) have incited violence and in fact have a direct link to what happened in Dallas,” said Larry Klayman, who worked in the Department of Justice during the Reagan administration and later founded the conservative advocacy groups Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch. “I hope that law enforcement in Dallas and around the nation will join our class action, it’s a peaceful legal means to fight this. We’ve had it. People are finally starting to speak out.”
The case has been assigned to Judge Sam A. Lindsay, a Clinton appointee who is also African American.
None of the defendants responded for comment except for DOJ spokesperson Nicole Navas, who said, “The Justice Department declines to comment on the pending litigation. Thank you.”
“The defendants…have publicly incited people to violence with the fiction that police officers and other law enforcement are intentionally and systematically targeting and hunting blacks and other minorities to kill them for no reason other than racism or sport,” the complaint said.
Defendants have called for a civil war targeting police officers of all races “for immediate violence and severe bodily injury or death in response to that non-existent and fictitious threat…Defendants are encouraging disaffected blacks and black Muslims to ignore, disrespect and assault law enforcement officials, and commit violence and lethal force,” the complaint said.
On July 7, former US Army reservist Micah Johnson shot a dozen Dallas police officers, killing five, during a rally to protest the police killings of two black men the previous week.
“We should not have to protest,” he said. “We’re in the street because police have killed people. We would love to go home, but we can’t go home. We are unwilling to go home.”
McKesson was arrested with 100 others during a march in Baton Rouge for blocking public thoroughfares.
While on a European trip, Obama urged the public to avoid judging the BLM movement by the actions of a few.
“There are always folks who will say things that are stupid,” he said. “I don’t think you can hold well-meaning activists…responsible for everything uttered at a protest site.”