An attorney who is also the head of a government watchdog group reported to the FBI that he and his client – the head of a Dallas, Texas, police organization – received a number of death threats after the two men filed a federal lawsuit against the leaders of Black Lives Matter, President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and others alleging that they are responsible for inciting a national “race war.”
After filing the lawsuit on behalf of Dallas, Texas, police Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, attorney Larry Klayman, founder and director of Freedom Watch, reported that he and his police official client received threats.
“I’m concerned for my client’s safety, Demetrick’s safety — Sgt. Pennie — and for myself,” Klayman told news outlets on Wednesday and Thursday.
“It’s an effort to intimidate me and my client,” Klayman alleged. Klayman’s law background includes a stint as a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, an agency he believes has become extremely politicized during the Obama presidency.
The Dallas Police Department’s Sergeant Demetrick Pennie, who serves as president of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation (DFOF), on Friday filed an amended federal complaint against more than a dozen defendants — both institutions and individuals — to build a class action case representing police officers and other law enforcement officials of all races and ethnicities such as Jews, Christians and Caucasians” for inciting race riots and related violence aimed at police officers.
The goal of Pennie’s legal action is to obtain compensation for damages and the enforcement of a court-ordered injunction against alleged threats of racially-motivated violence going forward. “In other words, making violent threats against cops from the defendants in the lawsuit won’t be tolerated,” said former police detective Manny Rodriquez-Estavez.
Shortly after Klayman first filed his lawsuit, he received a voicemail on his cellphone that appears to threaten his family.
“F*ck you, you cracker bitch,” a male voice can be heard saying in the message. “You f*ck with the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter and all black people in this country. You leave the goddamn president alone. You should be worried about the safety of your own goddamn family.”
There were other messages filled with profanity and violent imagery.
Some of the defendants are founding members and spokespersons for Black Lives Matter (BLM), Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam; Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network; Malik Zulu Shabazz and the New Black Panther Party; multi-billionaire left-wing activist George Soros.
Federal government defendants listed in the complaint include President Barack Obama; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who had compared American police officers with members of the ultra-violent Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The more than 65 pages of the federal complaint accuses each defendant individual and organization of having “repeatedly [inciting] their supporters and others to engage in threats and attacks” against police officers around the nation, culminating in the July killings of five Dallas area officers with nine others wounded at a Black Lives Matter gathering.
While police officers have been targeted for execution in other cities and states, this particular civil action only addresses the Dallas cops killed and wounded in racially-motivated attacks.
Other defendants named — especially President Obama and Hillary Clinton — are blamed for repeatedly endorsing behaviors carried out and surrounding Black Lives Matter.
“Sergeant Pennie and I feel duty-bound to put ourselves forward to seek an end to the incitement of violence against law enforcement which has already resulted in the death of five police officers in Dallas and the wounding of seven more, just in Texas alone,” said Klayman, who previously founded the conservative legal watchdog Judicial Watch.
“This action was brought to stop the violence and killings of law enforcement officers in Dallas and throughout the nation,” explained Sgt. Pennie
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit hope to see an award in excess of $500 million, according to the complaint.