The father of a slain Dallas police officer filed a lawsuit Monday against leaders of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement for inciting what he called a “war on police” that led to the death of his son. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Enrique Zamarripa, the father of Patrick Zamarripa, who died when a sniper killed five police officers in July during a protest in Dallas in support of the victims of police shootings.
Zamarripa is being represented by Larry E. Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch, a nonprofit that has used lawsuits to further far-right causes. Klayman is perhaps best known for suing Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, for her alleged role in the Benghazi attack; for suing President Obama over, among others things, gun-control legislation, immigration, and Ebola; and BLM and the Democratic Party for a “race war against police.”
In this lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Texas, Klaymen writes that BLM, while claiming to be a social-justice organization, is a movement committed to “further violence, severe bodily injury and death against police officers of all races and ethnicities, Jews, and Caucasians,” and that BLM is, in fact, a “violent and revolutionary criminal gang.” But BLM, which emerged following several high-profile fatal shootings of unarmed black men by police, is an organization with a loose structure, and no official registration.