A Black Lives Matter activist was slapped with restraining order after harassing Los Angeles Police Commission President Matt Johnson at his home and office, reports reveal.
BLM activist Trevor Ferguson was accused of intruding into Mr. Johnson’s private life instead of restricting his activism to public events and Johnson’s official duties, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Ferguson and his associates regularly swarm into public meetings headed by Johnson to disrupt the events over relations between the L.A. Police Department and the black and Latino communities.
The BLM disruptors have repeatedly attacked Johnson, who is African-American, as a “houseboy” and “house n**ger” for daring to be part of the commission.
The restraining order was filed by the City of Los Angeles on December 20. During the hearing on the order, Judge Carol Boas Goodson agreed that BLM activist Fergusson intended to instill fear in Mr. Johnson to force him to bow to BLM’s policy demands.
Judge Goodson also noted that Johnson was properly worried for his family since Ferguson made comments about the commission president’s son.
“I do have a real problem with the escalating, when a private office is invaded by Mr. Ferguson, when he’s hostile, then goes to the house,” Judge Goodson said. “I don’t know what that’s doing except to instigate fear.”
Johnson, also an entertainment attorney, added that Ferguson has threatened to physically assault and even kill him.
After the judge ruled, Johnson said, “The right to protest has led to tremendous gains for people who look like myself and Mr. Ferguson. It’s something I deeply respect. But there is a line, and for me, that line is when you threaten the safety of my family. Like any father, I’m not going to apologize for taking steps to protect the safety of my family.”
Ferguson’s attorney, Nana Gyamfi, criticized the decision saying it was a strike against the First Amendment.
“Matt Johnson showed that he actually is a houseboy,” Gyamfi said. “It’s ridiculous that he used a method and procedure people use to protect themselves from actual violence … to protect himself from embarrassment.”
Ferguson himself only replied, “Great is Allah.”
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