A California judge has granted a restraining order against a Black Lives Matter activist accused of threatening an LAPD Commissioner.
Activist Trevor Ferguson has been ordered to stay away from LA Police Commission President Matt Johnson after the former began intruding on the latter’s private life.
Ferguson is a member of a BLM cell that regularly disrupts the weekly Police Commission meetings through chanting and speaking out of turn, an act of protest against shootings of blacks and latinos by the LAPD.
Ferguson has singled out Johnson (who is black), calling him racial slurs such as “houseboy”- a term for a black person who is subservient to whites. He has also mentioned Johnson’s son at meetings, invaded Johnson’s private office and visited their home.
Ferguson -a 35-year-old rap artist who goes by the name Trevor Gerard- has also called for the disbanding of the LAPD.
Following an hour of testimony on Wednesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson concluded that Ferguson had the intent“incite fear” and ordered Ferguson to stay away from Johnson and his family. While Ferguson can continue to speak at Police Commission meetings, he must keep a five-yard distance from Johnson.
“I do have a real problem with the escalating, when a private office is invaded by Mr. Ferguson, when he’s hostile, then goes to the house,” Goodson said. “I don’t know what that’s doing except to instigate fear.”
Ferguson’s attorney, Nana Gyamfi, said Johnson’s fear of Ferguson is racially based- even though both men are black.
“Matt Johnson showed that he actually is a houseboy,” the attorney told reporters after the hearing. “It’s ridiculous that he used a method and procedure people use to protect themselves from actual violence … to protect himself from embarrassment.”
Following the hearing, Ferguson had no response to questions other than “Great is Allah.””
According to the LA Times, Johnson said he can respect the right to free speech but that Ferguson had gone “too far” by harassing him and his family.
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