The father of one of the five police officers killed July 7 in a sniper attack in Dallas charges in a federal lawsuit that Black Lives Matter incited a ”war on police” that led to his son’s death.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Enrique Zamarripa’s lawsuit was filed Monday in the Northern District of Texas and seeks $550 million in damages on behalf of his son, Dallas Police Officer Patrict Zamarripa.
“While Defendant Black Lives Matter claims to combat anti-black racism, the movement has in fact incited and committed further violence, severe bodily injury and death against police officers of all races and ethnicities, Jews, and Caucasians,” the lawsuit says, according to the paper, adding that “defendant Black Lives Matter is in fact a violent and revolutionary criminal gang,” the lawsuit says, according to the paper.
Patrick Zamarripa, 32, and the other officers--Brent Thompson, Michael Krol, Mike Smith and Lorne Ahrens--were killed as they guarded a march protesting recent shootings of blacks by police officers.
Authorities said the gunman Micah Johnson “wanted to kill white people,” especially white officers.
“I want justice for my son,” Zamarripa told the paper. “He served three tours in Iraq, he protected his country, and he protected everybody. And he gave up his life doing that. When people were running away from the gunshots, he was running toward them.”
The lawsuit does not name Next Generation Action Network, the group that organized the July 7 march, as a defendant, but names other activists: Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam; Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network; Black Lives Matter organizers Rashad Turner, Opal Tometi, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, Deray McKesson and Johnetta Elzie; Malik Zulu Shabazz, leader of the New Black Panthers Party; and George Soros, a supporter of Black Lives Matter.
Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch is representing Zamarripa. Klayman sued Hillary Clinton earlier in the year on behalf of two men who were killed in the Benghazi, Libya, attack in 2012, the Star-Telegram reported.
NGAN founder Dominique Alexander told the paper the protest was organized in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, but it wasn’t arranged by the official BLM organization.
“You’re suing somebody who had nothing to do with this rally,” Alexander said. “The only thing this [lawsuit] has done is continue to feed the rhetoric. There is a problem in America, and we have to come together to address it.”
On Tuesday, the mother of Officer Zamarripa issued a statement distancing herself from her ex-husband’s lawsuit, the paper reported.
The lawsuit “does not reflect the views and beliefs of Ms. Valerie Zamarripa or the “The Patrick Zamarripa Foundation.”