Black Lives Matter is a social movement like the Tea Party or the civil rights movement and therefore cannot be sued, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.
A police officer anonymously sued Black Lives Matter and DeRay Mckesson, a prominent activist, after being injured by a rock thrown during a protest over a deadly police shooting in Baton Rouge last year.
Brian Jackson, a US district judge, dismissed the officer’s suit and ruled that Black Lives Matter was not an entity capable of being sued.
“Although many entities have utilized the phrase ‘black lives matter’ in their titles or business designations, Black Lives Matter itself is not an entity of any sort,” Jackson wrote in a 24-page ruling.
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