Supreme Court declines BLM activist bid to avoid police officer’s lawsuit

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to decide whether the leader of a protest demonstration can be sued for an injury to a police officer caused by another protester, rejecting the petition of Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson.

Mckesson is facing a lawsuit for his role in leading a protest from an officer who was hit in the head by a rock or piece of concrete thrown by an unidentified person in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in July 2016 following the police killing of Alton Sterling, a black man.

In this July 10, 2016 file photo, Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson talks to the media after his release from the Baton Rouge jail in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (AP Photo/Max Becherer, File)

The BLM activist is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and argues his actions organizing the protest
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