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Injured Baton Rouge Cop Sues Black Lives Matter for Inciting Violent Ambush

DeRay McKesson;  Photo: Max Becherer

DeRay McKesson; Photo: Max Becherer

Attorneys for a wounded Baton Rouge police officer, injured in the July, 2016 ambush attack that claimed the lives of three police officers, filed a lawsuit against Black Lives Matter and it's leadership on Friday. 

The lawsuit alleges that Black Lives Matter and it's leadership was responsible for the violent attack by inciting violence against police. Black Lives Matter leaders DeRay Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie are named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states that Black Lives Matter, "incited the violence against police in retaliation for the death of black men shot by police." It further stated, "In fact, they justified the violence as necessary to the movement and war."

Read more about the lawsuit HERE.

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Los Angeles BLM Activist Slapped with Restraining Order

Trevor Ferguson;  Photo: Nancy Dillon

Trevor Ferguson; Photo: Nancy Dillon

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has granted a restraining order against a Black Lives Matter activist after the activist showed up at the home of the Los Angeles Police Commission president. 

Judge Carol Boas Goodson issued the order against Trevor Ferguson, 35, after Ferguson showed up at the home of Commission President Matt Johnson.

Ferguson is also accused of using derogatory language toward Johnson at public meetings.

Both Johnson and Ferguson are African American.

Judge Goodson issued the order after concluding that Ferguson was not simply engaged in protest but also attempting to "incite fear."

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President of LA Police Commission Obtains Restraining Order Against BLM Activist

Trevor Gerard;  Photo: Sam Slovick via LAWeekly.com

Trevor Gerard; Photo: Sam Slovick via LAWeekly.com

The president of the Los Angeles Police Commission has obtained a restraining order against a local Black Lives Matter activist after the man allegedly showed up at the commissioner's house.

Commissioner Matthew Johnson alleges that BLM activist Trevor Gerard also mouthed the threats, "I am going to beat your a--” and “I am going to f------ kill you."

A judge issued the order requiring that Gerard stay at least 100 yards away from Johnson, his home, and his family. 

Gerard, for his part, denies threatening Johnson.

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16 Police Officers Injured Amid Riots in Charlotte, NC

Protesters in Charlotte, NC;  Photo: Reuters

Protesters in Charlotte, NC; Photo: Reuters

At least 16 police officers have been injured amid overnight riots and protests in Charlotte, NC after the police-involved shooting death of a man on Tuesday.

The injuries to the officers was described as minor; however, at least one officer was said to have taken a rock to the face.

Although social media almost immediately circulated a rumor that the man who had been shot, identified at 43-year old Keith Lamont Scott, had been unarmed, police revealed otherwise.

Authorities stated that Scott was in fact armed with a gun and given multiple commands to drop his weapon before he was shot.

"The officers gave loud, clear verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses. They were instructing the subject, once he got out of the vehicle, to drop the weapon... Mr. Scott exited his vehicle armed with a handgun as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it," stated Police Chief Kerr Putney.

Protesters in Charlotte held aloft signs that stated, "Black Lives Matter," and "Stop Killing Us." 

Both Mr. Scott as well as the officer who shot him were African-American.

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Mother of PA Teenager Who Allegedly Shot at Police Blames Black Lives Matter

Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

The mother of one of two teenagers charged in the attempted murder of four Pennsylvania police officers is blaming the Black Lives Matter movement for her son's actions.

"They are in jail for doing what Black Lives Matter wanted them to do: shoot at cops," Luz Rentas wrote in a statement last week.

Rentas's son, Marquell Rentas, 17, was arrested along with Trenton Nace, 18, following an incident in which they allegedly opened fire on four Lancaster County police officers.

None of the officers were injured in the incident.

Ms. Rentas added, "The truth is that these are two punk kids following the orders of an irresponsible organization and now they're gonna pay for it."

The Lancaster County chapter of Black Lives Matter rejected Ms. Luz's comments and reiterated that they do not advocate violence.

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DNC Moment of Silence For Fallen Officers Interrupted by Chants of "Black Lives Matter"

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valez;  Photo: Saul Loeb via cnn.com

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valez; Photo: Saul Loeb via cnn.com

On Thursday evening, the Democratic National Convention offered recognition of the violence that has beset the law enforcement community in recent months. 

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez took to the rostrum and asked for a moment of silence.

Some in the audience, however, took offense to the gesture as chants of "Black Lives Matter" rang out during the moment of silence

See the video HERE.

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Mass: Cops to Protest "Black Lives Matter" Banner at City Hall

Photo: Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

Photo: Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

Police in Somerville, MA, just outside of Boston, are planning a protest at the local City Hall after the mayor refused their request to remove a "Black Lives Matter" sign from the front of the building. 

The union has said the banner is "disrespectful."

The police union released a statement, that read in part, "In the face of the continuing assassination of innocent police officers across the country as an apparent offshoot of the BLM movement, it is irresponsible of the City to [publicly] declare support for the lives of one sector of our population to the exclusion of others, including police officers."

The police rally is scheduled for Thursday between 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

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Black Lives Matter Activists and Wichita Police Have Cook-Out Instead of Protest

Photo: Wichita Police Dept.

Photo: Wichita Police Dept.

Members of the Wichita Police Department joined with members of a local Black Lives Matter chapter and held a communal cook-out on Sunday in lieu of a planned protest.

BLM had planned on holding a protest but after spending several hours in a meeting with Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay decided that breaking bread with one another could move far closer toward reconciliation than a mere protest ever could.

Local activist A.J. Bohannon said, "We can get on the same page and say those things that are in Baton Rouge don't trickle over into Wichita, Kan." He added, "My heart goes out to the families, those officers in Baton Rouge, but I think the fact that that did happen makes this event more meaningful. I definitely think this is a start for this community, and I definitely want to keep it going."

We couldn't agree more.

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Man Shot and Killed After Breaking Into Off-Duty Cop's Home Over Black Lives Matter Argument

Photo: St. Louis County Police

Photo: St. Louis County Police

A 20-year old man was shot and killed on Saturday by an off-duty Missouri police officer after the man broke into the officer's home. Authorities say that the man, identified as Tyler Gebhard, had been involved in an online argument with the officer, whom he knew through church, regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. 

The argument apparently boiled over with Gebhard using a 50-pound concrete planter to break into the officer's home. The officer's family had to escape out of a rear window while the off-duty cop, a 3-year veteran of the St. Louis County police force, confronted Gebhard. 

Gebhard was shot three times and pronounced dead at a local hospital.  

Gebhard's uncle said that his nephew suffered from bi-polar disorder and often missed his medications, causing erratic behavior. 

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said of the incident, "I don’t think the officer had a choice, I honestly don’t."

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Black Lives Matter Activist Convicted of Interfering With Pasadena Police

Jasmine Richards;  Photo: via pasadenanow.com

Jasmine Richards; Photo: via pasadenanow.com

An activist with the group Black Lives Matter has been convicted of interfering with Pasadena police officers. She is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

The conviction stemmed from a September, 2015 incident in which officers were investigating a separate incident involving an altercation at a local restaurant.

When officers located the woman involved in the altercation at a local park, she had apparently already joined up with a group of protesters. 

When officers attempted to place the woman into custody for the restaurant incident, prosecutors say that Jasmine Richards tried to start a riot and prevent officers from maintaining custody of the woman.

After an investigation into Richards' behavior was conducted she was placed under arrest a few days later.

Richards is slated to be sentenced next week and is facing a maximum of four years in prison.

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