A "permanently disabled" Baton Rouge officer filed a lawsuit on Friday against prominent Black Lives Matter activists for allegedly inciting violence against police officers that ultimately led to an ambush last year where six cops were shot and three were killed.
Officer John Doe Smith,42, who filed the lawsuit said that he is permanently disabled as a result of the numerous injuries he suffered in the ambush. In the lawsuit Smith claimed that his wounds from the incident required 16 surgeries and causing recurring infections.
The lawsuit alleges Black Lives Matter activists such as DeRay McKesson and Johnetta Elzie are responsible for the shooting because they "urged its followers that violence was part of revolution,"and "did nothing to dissuade the ongoing violence and injury to police,"according to CNN.
The ambush occurred on July 17. 2016 in Baton Rouge, by gunman Gavin Long, who posted a video on YouTube days before the shooting, and talked about the recent protests and officer-involved shootings. In another video he posted, Long claimed that he was not affiliated with any group or terrorist organization.
DeRay Mckesson who was present during the protests in Baton Rouge held for the police-involved shooting of Alton Sterling told CNN, "This is the second lawsuit an officer has filed against me from Baton Rouge. ... I'm confident it has no merit."