Dem-run Detroit suing Black Lives Matter activists, alleging ‘civil conspiracy’

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Is it possible that sometime in the future the city of Detroit will be looked upon as the place where sensible Democrats — there are reports such a species still exists — finally took a stand against the radical left?

Like many American cities, the Motor City was rocked by violent Black Lives Matter protests, where rioting and looting took place after the death of Georg Floyd, as racial justice protesters sacked city after city — autopsy reports suggest Floyd may have died from a fentanyl overdose.

Alleging a “civil conspiracy,” Detroit has filed a counter lawsuit against Black Lives Matter activists, claiming protests “have repeatedly turned violent, endangering the lives of police and the public,” according to The Intercept.

Activists sued the city over its response to the protests, claiming that Detroit police officers “repeatedly responded with violence.”

Their lawsuit asks a judge to bar police officers from using “tools of excessive force,” such as chemical weapons, sound cannons and rubber bullets, the online publication reported.

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Detroit’s demonstrators are part of a “civil conspiracy,” the city’s countersuit alleges, “to disturb the peace, engage in disorderly conduct, incite riots, destroy public property,” and resist police orders, among other “illegal acts.” The countercomplaint asks the court to issue judgments declaring that the protesters engaged in this conspiracy and “defamed” the mayor and police, and to award the city damages.

The countersuit against Black Lives Matter protesters is a novel move in the post-George Floyd moment, and it has lit a fire under already boiling local tensions. The city has tried to portray it as a routine legal tactic, but many see the counterattack as an effort to suppress the right to protest and to shift the public narrative away from the police department’s violence.

 

 

As for defaming the city, a July 24 tweet from a protest organizer, Nakia Wallace, a Detroit Will Breathe leader, spoke of “the murderous and brutal nature of the Detroit Police Department.”

A man accused of being involved in a quadruple shooting was shot and killed the night before by police, with Wallace adding: “Another Black Man Was Lynched last night.”

Chief among those protesting the city’s action is U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who called the counter-suit “an unthinkable assault on our constitutional rights,” in a Detroit Free Press op-ed last month.

Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, is a radical left activist in her own right — and make not mistake about it, the Black Lives Matter movement is a far-left endeavor.

One backed by the Democratic Party, although the monster they helped create has a growing tendency to turn on them.

It not be mistake that Tlaib said “our” rights, when talking about BLM being sued, as she attacked the Detroit Police Department, claiming that “peaceful protesters were violently assaulted, run over and tear gassed by our police department during one of the largest social justice mobilizations of our lifetime.”

Chief James Craig was adamant that officers never used force against protesters who remained peaceful.

“If someone is resisting arrest, or trying to attack our officers, we will use the force that’s both reasonable and necessary to overcome the resistance,” Craig told the Free Press. “We don’t want the protesters injured, and we don’t want officers injured, either.”

As The Intercept noted, BLM protesters are fighting back in court, with the help of national legal groups, and in city council, where one council member has voiced her opposition to the countersuit.

The city council can cut off funding for the city’s litigation and activists are lobbying other members ahead of a vote early next year.

Tom Tillison

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