BLM co-founder loses 'swatting' lawsuit against LAPD

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Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, lost a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday, with a jury ruling that police acted appropriately on a call to her residence, the The Los Angeles Times reports this.

Abdullah had sued the LAPD in 2020 after officers responded to her home for an alleged “swatting” incident. Swatting is the practice of calling fake police emergencies to someone's home, sometimes leading to violence.

Abdullah argued that police knew the swatting call was a hoax but responded to her home anyway in an attempt to intimidate her because of her anti-police interests.

Police argued that they had acted appropriately and said a caller had claimed he had taken three hostages at Abdullah's home. He threatened to kill the alleged hostages if he did not receive a $1 million payment.

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Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, lost a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday, with a jury ruling that police acted appropriately when a call to her home was made.

Abdullah livestreamed from her phone during the police interaction, and she could be heard asking officers, “Do you know who I am?” According to the Times, she also asked her social media viewers to contact two members of the LA City Council.

Abdullah said Thursday's ruling against her was “disheartening and disappointing and not surprising,” arguing that it was the result of “an unjust system,” the Times reported. She plans to appeal the ruling.

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Abdullah, center, said Thursday's ruling against her was “disheartening and disappointing and not surprising,” arguing it was the result of “an unjust system.” She plans to appeal the ruling.

Abdullah last made headlines when she was chosen as Cornel West's running mate in the 2024 presidential elections. She accepted West's offer in early April.

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West, running as an independent candidate, said he wanted “someone whose heart, mind and soul is committed to empowering poor and working people of all colors,” adding that “Melina has a long history of of her heart, mind and soul in battle.”

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Abdullah last made headlines when she was selected as Cornel West's running mate in the 2024 presidential election. (Charlie Creitz/Fox News)

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West responded to Abdullah's defeat on social media last week.

“I stand in deep solidarity with my dear sister, comrade and running mate, Dr. Melina Abdullah! I believe this verdict is a major miscarriage of justice! We will continue to fight for Truth, Justice and Love!” He wrote.

Abdullah also raised eyebrows in February when she claimed on social media that being a fan of Taylor Swift feels “a bit racist.”

When a user asked her to explain her opinion, she replied: “I said FEEL, not think. Kind of like that feeling I get when there are too many American flags.” In the same post, someone noted that “Literally everything is racist.” Abdullah replied: “Indeed!”

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