Black Lives Matter leaders sued over Baton Rouge police shooting


July 7 (Reuters) - A police officer wounded in a shooting rampage in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last year that left three officers dead sued Black Lives Matter movement leaders on Friday, accusing them of inciting violence that spurred the attack.

The lawsuit filed in a U.S. district court in Louisiana named DeRay McKesson and four other Black Lives Matter leaders as defendants and sought at least $75,000 in damages.

It came on the one-year anniversary of one of the deadliest days in modern U.S. history for law enforcement. On July 7, 2016, a black man angered by what he saw as deadly racial bias in U.S. policing launched a downtown Dallas sniper attack, killing five officers deployed at a protest decrying police shootings of black men.

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BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 17: An East Baton Rouge Police officer patrols Airline Hwy after 3 police officers were killed early this morning on July 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to reports, one suspect has been killed while others are still being sought by police. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 17: East Baton Rouge Police officers patrol Airline Hwy after 3 police officers were killed early this morning on July 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to reports, one suspect has been killed while others are still being sought by police. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 17: East Baton Rouge Police officers patrol Airline Hwy after 3 police officers were killed early this morning on July 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to reports, one suspect has been killed while others are still being sought by police. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 17: Baton Rouge Police officers patrol Airline Hwy after 3 police officers were killed early this morning on July 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to reports, one suspect has been killed while others are still being sought by police. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 17: Baton Rouge Police officers patrol Airline Hwy after 3 police officers were killed early this morning on July 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to reports, one suspect has been killed while others are still being sought by police. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 17: Baton Rouge Police officers patrol Airline Hwy after 3 police officers were killed early this morning on July 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to reports, one suspect has been killed while others are still being sought by police. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
An American flag flies at half mast near the scene of a fatal shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Penney
A police helicopter flies near the scene of a fatal shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Penney
An officer from the Louisiana Wildlife Service blocks off a road near the scene of a fatal shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Penney
Law enforcement vehicles block access to Airline Highway near the scene of a fatal shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
Police officers block off Airline Highway near the scene of a fatal shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Penney
A law enforcement helicopter is seen near the scene where police officers were shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
A law enforcement helicopter is seen near the scene where police officers were shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
Lew enforcement officers block a road after a fatal shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
Police officers block off a road near the site of a shooting of police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Penney
Police officers arrive near the site of a shooting of police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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McKesson was not immediately available for comment and Black Lives Matter leaders have denied accusations that their movement promotes violence against police.

About 10 days after the Dallas shooting, a decorated ex-U.S. Marine sergeant opened fire on police in Baton Rouge, killing three officers.

Baton Rouge had been hit by waves of protests after two police officers earlier that month killed a black man, Alton Sterling, under questionable circumstances. The incident was caught on video and sparked national debate.

The officer wounded in Baton Rouge, who was not named in the lawsuit, was shot by "a person violently protesting against police, and which violence was caused or contributed to by the leaders of and by 'BLACK LIVES MATTER'," the filing said.

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CITY HALL, PHILADELPHIA, PA, UNITED STATES - 2016/07/26: Demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement and those standing in solidarity with the movement's demand for ending police brutality staged a 'Black Resistance March' in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the second day of the Democratic Presidential Convention. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 05: Protesters display protest placards as they attend a 'Black Lives Matter' group rally during a nationwide day of action on August 05, 2016 in London, England. The demonstrations called on the UK to 'shutdown' a crisis of racism. (Photo by Michael Tubi/Corbis via Getty Images)
CITY HALL, PHILADELPHIA, PA, UNITED STATES - 2016/07/26: Demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement and those standing in solidarity with the movement's demand for ending police brutality staged a 'Black Resistance March' in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the second day of the Democratic Presidential Convention. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
CITY HALL, PHILADELPHIA, PA, UNITED STATES - 2016/07/26: Demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement and those standing in solidarity with the movement's demand for ending police brutality staged a 'Black Resistance March' in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the second day of the Democratic Presidential Convention. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UK - JULY 9: A protestor holds a placard at Windrush Square ahead of the rally and march in solidarity following the shooting of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by poilice in New Orleans and Minnesota respectively. The protest march on 9 July 2016 began at at Windrush Square in Brixton, South London. To date about 509 people have been shot and killed by police in 2016 in America this year so far. (Photo by David Mbiyu/Corbis via Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17 : Protestors hold banners and chant slogans during a Black Lives matter rally in Melbourne, Australia on July 17, 2016. Approximately 3500 protestors rallied in Melbourne to show 'solidarity' after racial violence in US. (Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People hold up signs during a Black Lives Matter protest on Black Friday in Seattle, Washington on November 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO/JASON REDMOND / AFP / JASON REDMOND (Photo credit should read JASON REDMOND/AFP/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APR. 4: Black Lives Matter signage in front of Toronto Police Headquarters. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 05: A protester displays a protest placard as they attend a 'Black Lives Matter' group rally during a nationwide day of action on August 05, 2016 in London, England. The demonstrations called on the UK to 'shutdown' a crisis of racism. (Photo by Michael Tubi/Corbis via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Chalk graffiti on the ground is seen at an encampment of activists associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, on August 12, 2016, outside of City Hall in Los Angeles, California. The activists, who have already spent 32 days camped outside City Hall to protest police killings of brown and black men and women, plan to remain in the camp until Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, who activists call the leader of 'the most murderous police force in the country' is fired or resigns. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
CITY HALL, PHILADELPHIA, PA, UNITED STATES - 2016/07/26: Demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement and those standing in solidarity with the movement's demand for ending police brutality staged a 'Black Resistance March' in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the second day of the Democratic Presidential Convention. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Two women hold a placard with the slogan 'Yes, all lives matter' as people gather in Brixton, south London to protest against police brutality in the US, on July 9, 2016, after two recent incidents where black men have been shot and killed by police officers. / AFP / Daniel Leal-Olivas (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: A sign demanding the release of video footage of the killing of Jamar Clark hangs on a fence at a candlelight vigil held for Clark outside the 4th police precinct November 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Activists are keeping up pressure for more information about the shooting death of Clark by a Minneapolis police officer (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2016/01/12: Sign listing fact about the killing of Ramarley Graham. The parents of slain NYC teen Ramarley Graham joined members of the NY city council and Black Lives Matter activists to demand the US attorney investigate their son's death at the hands of NYPD officers. (Photo by Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Gavin Long, the black gunman who killed the Baton Rouge officers and was later shot dead, identified himself as a member of an African-American offshoot of the anti-government, mostly white Sovereign Citizen Movement, documents showed. Last year, McKesson and two other activists sued the Baton Rouge police department and other officials over the arrests of nearly 200 demonstrators during mostly peaceful protests over police killings. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas and Bryn Stole in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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