The murders of five Dallas police officers on July 7th marked one of the darkest days in U.S. law enforcement history.
While the events of that day have already impacted the very way law enforcement operates, the attack is now being directly cited in a massive lawsuit that’s been filed against Black Lives Matter (BLM) and a number of other high-profile individuals.
As Fox News reports, the lawsuit — which was filed by Dallas Police Sgt. Demetrick Pennie — alleges that BLM and its supporters are guilty of nothing less than “inciting a race war.”
Dallas PD Sgt. Demetrick Pennie files lawsuit against Black Lives Matter for inciting violence against police. https://t.co/PnqhXMzJoJ
— Eric Clay (@EricSClay) September 19, 2016
Pennie served in the U.S. Army, is a 17-year veteran of law enforcement, and is the head of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation. He’s attempting to build a class action lawsuit against BLM and its supporters on the basis that they:
“…have repeatedly incited their supporters and others to engage in threats of and attacks to cause serious bodily injury or death upon police officers and other law enforcement persons of all races and ethnicities.”
In a press release about the suit, Pennie’s lawyer and co-plaintiff Larry Klayman explained:
“Sergeant Pennie and I feel duty-bound to put ourselves forward to seek an end to the incitement of violence against law enforcement which has already resulted in the death of five police officers in Dallas and the wounding of seven more, just in Texas alone…
The defendants, if not legally reined in, are allegedly responsible, along with others, for igniting a race war that will ultimately totally destroy the freedoms that our Founding Fathers bequeathed to us.”
Klayman — a former U.S. Justice Department prosecutor — is perhaps best-known as the founder of conservative groups Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch.
— Freedom Watch ?? (@FreedomWatchUSA) August 29, 2016
In addition to Black Lives Matter, Pennie and Klayman have also listed 17 other groups and individuals as defendants, including:
- President Obama
- Hillary Clinton
- Rev. Al Sharpton
- Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan
- Billionaire George Soros
This isn’t the first time that Pennie has made headlines in recent months for defending law enforcement.
When NFL running back Isaiah Crowell posted an image of a hooded man draped in an American flag attacking a police officer in July, the police sergeant famously invited Crowell to attend the funeral of fallen police officers.
More recently, Pennie has criticized NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem as something that has “isolated” the American public rather than bringing about any real solutions:
It remains uncertain whether or not the case, which was filed in Texas, will ultimately reach a courtroom.
Nonetheless, the nature of the lawsuit — not to mention the fact that it was filed by an accomplished police officer — certainly says a great deal about the toll that America’s current social and political climate is taking on law enforcement’s mentality.