Judge: Black Lives Matter is a movement that can’t be sued

Judge: Black Lives Matter is a movement that can’t be sued, by Michael Kunzelman.

Black Lives Matter is a social movement, like the tea party or the civil rights movement, and therefore can’t be sued, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

A police officer anonymously sued Black Lives Matter and DeRay Mckesson, a prominent activist in the movement, after being injured by a rock thrown during a protest over a deadly police shooting in Baton Rouge last year. …

The officer also attempted to add “#BlackLivesMatter” as a defendant, describing it as a “national unincorporated association” based in California.

The judge ruled that a hashtag can’t be sued, either. …

The officer’s attorney, Donna Grodner, … had argued that the Black Lives Matter should be held liable.

“It’s organized. They have meetings. They solicit money. They have national chapters,” Grodner said. “This shows a level of national organization.” …

Black Lives Matter doesn’t have a governing body, dues-paying members or bylaws.