Last July five police officers were ambushed in Dallas as they provided protection for a Black Lives Matter march; another seven officers were seriously wounded, as were two civilians.

The act shocked the nation as it played out during a week of violent protests following fatal interactions between African-American suspects and police, and now the father of one of the officers has filed suit in federal court seeking damages in the death of his son.

Such a move would not, under normal circumstances, be unusual, but in this case, it may prove to be an important tool in fighting groups that advocate violence.

Attorney Larry Klayman filed the lawsuit on behalf of Enrique Zamarripa, whose son was one of the officers shot and killed by a 25-year-old Army veteran who posted his support of the New Black Panther Party, a group advocating violence against whites and Jews, on his Facebook page.

The sniper, Micah Johnson, told negotiators from the Dallas Police Department that he “specifically set out to kill as many white officers as he could.”

With that as background, Zamarripa named 14 defendants as responsible for inciting Johnson’s acts of violence, including the Nation of Islam, Reverend Al Sharpton, the New Black Panthers Party and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson.

The pleadings claim that the groups have “convinced their followers that there is a civil war between blacks and law enforcement, thereby calling for immediate violence and severe bodily injury or death.”

Ironically, Officer Patrick Zamarripa survived three tours of duty in Iraq and was realizing his childhood dream of becoming a cop when he was killed in action on the streets of Dallas.

In another case related to the July ambush, Dallas police sergeant, Demetrick Pennie, filed suit against Black Lives Matter, and Louis Farrahkan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, and billionaire and progressive bankroller George Soros.

In cases such as these, money damages are rarely the motivating factor and although no sum can restore Zamarripa’s son to his family, the legal concept of accountability can have a deterrent effect in the future.


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