Black Lives Matter Sacramento has filed a lawsuit against a California sheriff who they say blocked them from posting on his Facebook page. According to two leaders of the group, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones’ action violated their First Amendment rights.
In a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in the Sacramento federal district court Wednesday, Jan. 30, Tanya Faison and Sonia Lewis say Jones deleted comments the leaders made on Oct. 31 and Nov. 5 when they replied to a post on his page where he gave his thoughts on the continuing debate concerning the amount of supervision the Office of the Inspector General should have over his department.
In August 2018, IG Rick Braziel published a report scrutinizing the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department about the shooting death of Mikel McIntyre. The 32-year-old father was shot seven times by sheriff’s deputies in May 2017 when he ran away from authorities. Several people posted on Jones’ public Facebook page over the matter — including Faison and Lewis, according to KFBK News Radio.
The post made on the sheriff’s page in November contained screenshots from the BLM Facebook account saying the organization wanted to “abolish the police.” It also contained a post Faison put on her page, which said: “all cops are bastards.”