In late September 2016, Demetrick Pennie made headlines for filing a lawsuit against Barack Obama, Al Sharpton, George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and the Black Lives Matter organization (not the movement, but the business; blacklivesmatter.com) for inciting a race war in America.
“They are responsible for starting a race war in this country” Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, who is also black, told Elizabeth MacDonald on Risk and Reward. A lot of people completely miss the point of Black Lives Matter movement. Their website talks about black liberation.”
Now Pennie is taking his perspective even further into the deep end by filing a separate lawsuit against social media moguls Facebook and Twitter for their role in facilitating the ad targeting/expansion of groups who are self proclaimed inciters of violence and hate.
“This is further substantiated by the Southern Poverty Law Center and news outlets reported that Johnson ‘liked’ the Facebook pages of Black Nationalist organizations such as the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), Nation of Islam, and Black Riders Liberation Army, three groups which are listed by the SPLC as hate groups,” the complaint reads. “Johnson also ‘liked’ the Facebook page of the African American Defense League, whose leader, Mauricelm-Lei Millere, called for the murders of police officers across the U.S. following the fatal 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald.”
Keith Altman of Excolo Law PLLC represents Pennie and told Law360 on Wednesday that because the companies create and profit from targeted advertisements that are attached to the statements made by ISIS and other terrorist groups, what they’re doing is creating new content. He argues that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act doesn’t “protect companies that are interacting at this level with the content” and said he foresees the case going to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Pennie’s lawsuits are in response to Micah Xavier Johnson’s July 8, 2016 attack on Dallas Police forces during a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas. The attack left 5 officers dead, and 7 others wounded until Police finally ended the standoff. Micah Johnson was number 618 of 1151 individuals killed by police in 2016.
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