Baton Rouge police submerged in flood recovery efforts also are grappling with a lawsuit filed by Black Lives Matter protesters claiming excessive use of force during demonstrations that left three officers dead last month.
Roy J. Rodney Jr., a Baton Rouge attorney for three Black Lives Matter activists, confirmed Tuesday that the complaint remains active even though all charges were dropped shortly after the mass arrests.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana also has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to stop officers from using “militarized tactics,” such as the deployment of armored vehicles, at protests.
“Right now, it’s kind of in a pending state,” said Marjorie Esman, executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana. “But it’s very much an ongoing lawsuit. We don’t intend to drop it just because they dismissed charges against some of the people they arrested.”
Given that Black Lives Matter has already come under criticism for doing nothing in the wake of the flooding, however, the lawsuit “is not going to do anything to endear Black Lives Matter to local people,” said the American Conservative’s Rod Dreher, who lives in Louisiana.
“Half of the Baton Rouge Police Department’s officers lost their homes, and about a third of the sheriff’s deputies,” Mr. Dreher said. “Despite that, they have been working very hard doing flood relief, even though it has meant that in some cases they can’t get to their own houses to try to save them.”