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The Latest: Judge weighing if Black Lives Matter can be sued

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on a Louisiana police officer’s lawsuit against Black Lives Matter and activist DeRay Mckesson over injuries the officer sustained at a protest after a police shooting (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

A federal judge says he expects to rule “within the coming days” whether Black Lives Matter can be sued by a Louisiana police officer who was injured at a protest after a deadly police shooting.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson didn’t rule from the bench Wednesday after hearing arguments on whether to dismiss a Baton Rouge police officer’s lawsuit against Black Lives Matter and activist DeRay Mckesson.

Mckesson’s attorney, William Gibbens, claims Black Lives Matter is a movement, not an organization that can be sued.

The unidentified officer’s lawyer, Donna Grodner, calls it an “unincorporated association” that solicits money, holds meetings and has chapters across the country.

The officer’s suit claims a “rock like substance” struck him in the face during a protest prompted by the July 2016 shooting death of Alton Sterling, a black man who was killed by a white officer during a struggle.

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11 a.m.

An activist’s attorney claims Black Lives Matter is a movement and not an organization that can be sued by a Louisiana police officer who was injured at a protest after a deadly police shooting.

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on whether to dismiss a Baton Rouge police officer’s lawsuit against Black Lives Matter and DeRay Mckesson, one of nearly 200 protesters arrested after the July 2016 shooting death of Alton Sterling, a black man.

The unnamed officer claims a “rock like substance” struck him in the face during a protest over the death of Sterling, who was killed by a white officer during a struggle.

The suit doesn’t accuse Mckesson of throwing anything, but it claims he “incited the violence” on behalf of Black Lives Matter.

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