The father of a Dallas police officer who was killed in an ambush last summer has sued Black Lives Matter, reports the Dallas Morning News. Enrique Zamarripa, father of Patrick Zamarripa, filed the action yesterday in federal court. In the suit, he blames the national organization and 13 other defendants, including the Nation of Islam, Rev. Al Sharpton, the New Black Panthers Party and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson for the episode. He is seeking damages of up to $550 million.
The suit contends that Micah Johnson shot at officers because he was incited by the defendants’ anti-police rhetoric. They have convinced their supporters “that there is a civil war between blacks and law enforcement, thereby calling for immediate violence and severe bodily injury or death,” the suit says. The suit cites a statement from then-police Chief David Brown who said that Johnson wanted to kill white people, especially white officers. A Dallas police sergeant filed a federal lawsuit earlier against Black Lives Matter, blaming it for race riots and violence against officers. The suit by Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, president of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, named some of the same defendants including Louis Farrakhan and George Soros.