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Officer injured during Black Lives Matter protest sues group and leading activist

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FILE -In this Saturday, July 9, 2016 file photo, A protester yells at police in front of the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters after police arrived in riot gear to clear protesters from the street in Baton Rouge, La. After a turbulent summer marred by bloodshed, racial tensions and catastrophic flooding, Louisiana's capital will elect a new mayor to lead a city emerging from some of its darkest days. (AP Photo/Max Becherer, File)
FILE -In this Saturday, July 9, 2016 file photo, A protester yells at police in front of the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters after police arrived in riot gear to clear protesters from the street in Baton Rouge, La. After a turbulent summer marred by bloodshed, racial tensions and catastrophic flooding, Louisiana’s capital will elect a new mayor to lead a city emerging from some of its darkest days. (AP Photo/Max Becherer, File)


A Baton Rouge police officer, who was injured during a Black Lives Matter protest over the summer, is suing the group and one of its outspoken leaders.

The officer, whose name has not been released, claims he was struck in the face by a rock or piece of concrete during the Alton Sterling protests. Sterling, a 37-year old black man, was fatally shot July 5, after an altercation with police outside a convenience store.

Police arrest activist DeRay McKesson during a protest along Airline Highway, a major road that passes in front of the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. Protesters angry over the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by two white Baton Rouge police officers rallied Saturday at the convenience store where he was shot, in front of the city's police department and at the state Capitol for another day of demonstrations. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Police arrest activist DeRay McKesson during a protest along Airline Highway, a major road that passes in front of the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. Protesters angry over the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by two white Baton Rouge police officers rallied Saturday at the convenience store where he was shot, in front of the city’s police department and at the state Capitol for another day of demonstrations. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

BLM activist DeRay McKesson is named as one of the defendants in the lawsuit. While the suit doesn’t accuse him of throwing anything at officers, it does claim that he’s the one who “incited the violence,” NOLA reported.

Mckesson “was in charge of the protests and he was seen and heard giving orders throughout the day and night of the protests,” the suit says. “The protest turned into a riot.”

McKesson was arrested on July 9 during the protests along Airline Hwy – a major road that passes in front of BRPD headquarters. One month later, the BLM activist sued the city for the arrests, saying officers responded in a “militarized and aggressive manner.”

According to the lawsuit filed Monday by the Baton Rouge officer–which seeks unspecified damages– he suffered injuries to his jaw and brain.

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