Black Lives Matter Leaders Sue Sheriff For Blocking Them On Social Media

BLM Sacramento's Tanya Faison has accused Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones of violating her right to free speech.

Sacramento, CA – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the Sacramento County sheriff for blocking Black Lives Matter (BLM) Sacramento leaders on Facebook.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, BLM founders Tanya Faison and Sonia Lewis alleged that Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones violated their right to free speech when he deleted their posts from his “public figure” Facebook page, and then blocked them altogether, KCRA reported.

The controversy erupted after Sheriff Jones posted a screenshot from the BLM Facebook page to his Facebook page.

In the post, BLM declared that they are abolitionists, not reformists, and that they refuse to “work within the system that we are fighting.”

“We are ungovernable. We are not here to pacify white folks or consider their feelings in what we do,” the BLM post continued. “We are here to build Black community and fight for Black liberation.”

The group then denounced all law enforcement, and confirmed that they have no intention of working with the police.

“We aren’t friendly and sitting down to build bridges with the police,” the post read. “We want to abolish the police. They are doing exactly what they were created to do. That’s why they keep doing it and keep getting away with it.”

The group noted that they “aren’t asking for suggestions or how you feel about it,” and said to expect more of the same from them in the future.

Sheriff Jones also shared a screenshot from Faison’s page in which she declared that “all cops are bastards,” The Sacramento Bee reported.

In the post, Faison explained that she does not make any exceptions and declared that there is no such thing as a “good” cop, according to The Blaze.

“What I mean when I say 'all cops are bastards' is literally every single cop is complicit and participating in a system designed to uphold the capitalist oligarchy we live under and thus all cops are guilty of that system's sins,” Faison’s post read.

“[F---] your brother. [F---] your cousin. [F---] your dad. [F---] all cops,” she wrote on her page.

After sharing the anti-police screenshots to his public figure Facebook page, Sheriff Jones deleted comments the BLM leaders later made on his page, then blocked them, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Faison and Lewis were banned from the sheriff’s page in the fall of 2018 for what they described as “comments critical of Sheriff Jones on his Page under his posts discussing the oversight of his Department and Black Lives Matter Sacramento,” the lawsuit read, according to KCRA.

"Whether or not the sheriff likes our message, we must have the ability to hold his office accountable," Faison told the news outlet. "He relies on Facebook to communicate to the public. He doesn't get to pick and choose which constituents he wants to engage and block the rest."

According to McGeorge School of Law professor Leslie Gielow Jacobs, the court could determine that Sheriff Jones’ page is a digital “public forum,” where he conducts “official business,” KCRA reported.

“There are a number of precedents, but the one that pops to mind has to do with the president's Twitter account,” Jacobs said. “[President Donald Trump] had blocked people who were criticizing him. The ruling said ‘no, the Constitution protects their right – as long as you said that people can come in and comment, no viewpoint discrimination."

But the same rule does not apply to BLM, according to Jacobs.

“The Constitution only applies to government actors or people who are acting really closely in combination with the government,” she explained. “[BLM Sacramento] are like you and me. They are not representing the people. They are representing themselves. They're individuals. They have the free speech right and they can choose what to do on their pages.”

ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Sean Riordan alleged that Sheriff Jones “censored” the BLM leaders due to the “content of their speech,” and has asked the court to force the sheriff to unblock them on Facebook, The Sacramento Bee reported.

BLM also wants an unspecified amount in damages.

“Sheriff Jones has attempted to stifle the voices of the leaders of Black Lives Matter Sacramento,” Riordan argued. “This is impermissible censorship that violates both the state and federal constitutions.”

Comments (58)
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Commander_Thorn
Commander_Thorn

Isn't this also the clown that encouraged her rabble to steal blue lives matter flags too?

DarrellB
DarrellB

Libelous speech in is never protected. When she called all Officers "Bastards", she crossed the line.

NickyJ
NickyJ

These people are going backwards instead of forward. All they do is bitch about lame things. Their ancestors are probably ashamed of them. I know because my husband who is a Blackman is ashamed of this silly group he wants no part of it.

Oldmp
Oldmp

So, I and other LEOs can post on their FB page? If they block us, we can sue them? Sounds like fun! Everyone keep it clean🙂

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

“We are here to build Black community and fight for Black liberation.”

So how is this Black Lives Matter "theory" working as it pertains to the outrageous level of black on black crime occurring in Chicago? or St.Louis? or Atlanta? or Detroit? or Newark? or Baltimore? or the Bronx? or Oakland? or DC or Anypredominantlyblackcity,USA .....? When will we see you marching in these areas and speaking out against all of those BM's who are killing your own and others?

BlueJDN
BlueJDN

So BLM basically says on Facebook that they are unwilling to engage in dialog with the police. But then they are blocked and complain that their ability to engage has been taken away. Okay. Cry baby much? Reminds me of a kid who takes a toy and hits another kid over the head with it. Then when the toy is taken away, the kid cries about how unfair it is.

jakesj40
jakesj40

BLM is a racist hate organization, why doesn't the DOJ put a stop to it? If a white organization spewed such racial hatred comments they would be indicted.

Sky2nd
Sky2nd

Why isn't Facebook taking down their posts as hate speech??

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Black Live Matters Gold Diggers go cry to Colon Kraperdick

Jones24
Jones24

Anything for a buck

MrsBlue
MrsBlue

Ashamed that you are even in the category of human race. No "good" cops? Won't engage? Fine! Solve your own murders, thefts, rapes. Protect your own families! And while you're at it, put a 20 ft wall around your pathetic group of worthless, non-productive cry babies that all feel the same way. That way the police can take care of those that need, respect and want it. Ungrateful, self-absorbed woman! It's a shame so many people follow her ignorance!

Mrs10
Mrs10

BLM: "we want nothing to do with cops. We don't want to talk"

Also BLM: "waaahhhh the cops don't want to talk to us"

Also also BLM: "give us money for this perceived wrong"

militans Deo
militans Deo

Sadly, black lives do not matter to the Black Lives Matter criminal/terrorist group. They are a group of criminals who believe that only black criminals lives matter. They only have anything to say when a person engaging in criminal acts is shot and killed by law enforcement. Because they claim it is a well known fact that law enforcement's only purpose is to "keep them down". Guess what Tanya, you are keeping yourself down. If you really cared, you and your "community" would turn in the criminals but then according to you, "that be snitchin'." So you continue to be a warrior for social justice, or whatever other idiotic term is created for being a criminal, anti-social, terrorist organization.

Weig
Weig

White Flour

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

Those racist fools need to be shipped to another country.

BLSupporter
BLSupporter

Do these whiners have the slightest clue that a lot of LEO's are--wait for it!--Black? If this keeps up, eventually a law is going to be passed, stating that certain cities will have NO law enforcement, due to the violence perpetrated against the police.

stooge819
stooge819

Looks like she's swallowed a lot of aggression. Along with a lot of pizzas.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Oh my ! I wonder if these asses will be ready to sue me when I block them on farcebook as well ? I can't wait to get on all my social media and block them. I'm all for them trying to sue me for this lol

Secesh1861
Secesh1861

The black klan’s Sacramento grand wizard, Tanya Faison is nothing more than a stooge to that organizations white founding father George Soros.

Rabit1
Rabit1

@Weig

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

I am growing very tired of BLMs little "Go against Whites and Cops" agenda, BLM doesn't care for anyone but their own ego. They try to make themselves look good but a good person will know they are doing wrong, I thank that Sheriff for at least doing something even if it's on Social Media.

Skidoo
Skidoo

I can see little difference between BLM and KKK; two groups founded by Democrats and both groups comprised of morons.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

These people need to go back to the rock they crawled out from under. If they honestly expect to police their own, they've done a piss poor job of it so far.

Magnolia5733
Magnolia5733

When you insist you are all about building the black community, then insist on removing all police officers from said community, does it not occur to you that you have not gotten rid of all the criminals as well? Who is going to deal with them?

Dmoe63
Dmoe63

Since when is it ok to bully on line. There is nothing constructive in what BLM was writing to him. If they feel they have things to say address them in a letter and go to his office.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

These are the same women who have called for the people of Sacramento to bring them any Blue Line Flags so they can destroy them. They have actively told their supporters not to buy the flags but to get them anyway possible. In other words they are openly encouraging their followers to commit crimes in order to obtain the flags. They actively support the criminals and the last thing they are interested in is making the community better.

Stanracer
Stanracer

BLM is a racist, police hating, group of domestic terrorist criminals that advocate killing police officers. They should all be arrested. Domestic terrorism is illegal.

junkmansj
junkmansj

Officer should just drop facebook, problem solved

AZBIGDOG
AZBIGDOG

So they are suing the sheriff for his removing derogatory and profane language toward him and the officers. I want to know why fakebook was and why they are not blocking the morons?

5150
5150

Funny how when FB blocks conservative speech it is totally acceptable to the idiots on the left, but when their hate filled BS is blocked, they cry foul.

IronRick
IronRick

Please post a link here to this B!^#&s Facebook page so I can see if I can get away with posting garbage on it. If they refuse to let me post then I demand that the aclu sue them on my behalf.

Woobie46
Woobie46

Isn't the ACLU just an arm of BLM?

Milman
Milman

You forgot "ignorant".. and . I am amazed she even knows what the word "oligarchy", means! Probably got it from one of their attorneys from the prestigious "McGeorge School of Law". Ha ha..

Achmsons
Achmsons

These women are terrorists. They advocate hate and criminal activity and should be banned from any public forum and criminally charged.

RPG156
RPG156

The page of a LE organization is to inform the people in its jurisdiction about crimes and events. Its not a forum for BLM to hijack it with profanity and hate that is only designed to alienate people that want the information and encourage them to leave the page. I believe that the sheriff's office has every right to enforce the page's rules of propriety.

millardk8
millardk8

BLM=dirtbags

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

I would think that BLM has the right to publish whatever they want on their own page and the Sheriff has the same right, even though he is a public figure. I might have left their comments up, however, with an annotation about this being the people who are the problem. They don’t want dialog, they want war. I strongly expect the proportion of Blacks killed by other Blacks would soar from its current ~89% of Black murders to something closer to 100% if the police were abolished. Moreover, abolish the police and citizens would have to be enabled to defend themselves—if California ever got its senses back. That would have disastrous effects for anyone engaged in crime. A suitably armed citizenry probably in the absence of a police force likely would have a salutary effect on criminals.

shortandsassy
shortandsassy

I hope the Sheriff's office wins this one. This group of BLM, apparently only wants to bring misery and harm to others, this woman has some serious issues, she's disgusting

Gary4206
Gary4206

Shut your mouth too or you’ll suffer the same fate as your sister in LA.

Kevcali
Kevcali

So apparently black lives matter is an anarchist group that needs to be outlawed. They are fools to cause more harm than good. This is why LEOs need to be vigilant and protect themselves at any cost. All lives matter