A Dallas police sergeant has filed a federal lawsuit against Black Lives Matters and its supporters, claiming that the movement is inciting a race war and blaming them for violence against police officers, the Dallas Morning News reports.
According to the Morning News, Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, a 17-year veteran and the president of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, filed the complaint in federal court Friday, naming Black Lives Matter and public figures such as the Rev. Al Sharpton, the New Black Panther Party, and even President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as defendants.
The suit claims that the defendants "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."
The lawsuit also accuses the defendants of inciting supporters and others "to engage in threats and attacks," against police around the country, including the July 7 ambush that killed five Dallas officers after a Black Lives Matter protest.
Pennie, who is black, is being represented by Larry Klayman, who is with the lobbying organization FreedomWatch.
“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 said in a press release.
According to Fox News, Pennie is seeking between $500 million and $1.5 billion.