Appeals Court Says Deray McKesson can be Sued by Baton Rouge Police Officer

Thursday a federal appeals court in Louisiana ruled that a decison in April to allow Black Lives Matter organizer Deray McKesson to be sued will be upheld.

In 2016 during protests surrounding the death of Alton Sterling, a Baton Rouge Police Officer was injured. That officer filed suit against Black Lives Matter and McKesson. Judge Brian Jackson dismissed the suit in 2017 citing first amendment rights.

The court of appeals ruled in April that the injured officer could, indeed, sue McKesson for negligence due to his part in organizing the protests.

Although the officer was injured during a political protest, the court says that the complaint should not be dismissed on first amendment grounds.