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LAPD Commission Head Files Restraining Order Against BLM Activist

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By    |   Friday, 30 Dec 2016 03:52 PM

The president of the Los Angeles Police Commission has filed for a restraining order against Black Lives Matter activist Trevor Gerard, saying that he fears for his life and his family's safety, LA Weekly reports.

The commission president, Matt M. Johnson, claimed in his filing that Gerard stalked him at home and at work, and mouthed violent threats to him. The City Attorney's office filed for the restraining order on Johnson's behalf on Dec. 19.

On Dec. 17, Black Lives Matter activists entered Johnson's law firm, and then on Dec. 18, demonstrated outside his residence, according to LA Weekly's report.

Gerard denied the allegations, saying they distort the truth and are motivated by politics. "I never told him that he should be afraid of me … I never told him to meet me outside. I never threatened him with any kind of physical violence," he told LA Weekly.

"The people who sit on the commission board largely have acted as a rubber-stamp body for the extreme levels of violence that LAPD has been engaging in. And they have become too comfortable with the way that we've forced to engage them in that meeting space, which is the LAPD headquarters itself."

According to LA Weekly's report, Johnson, as police commission president, has favored de-escalation and minimal force in police encounters, and has called for sharing more information with the public about shootings by officers.

Johnson's restraining order request said that when Gerard attends public board meetings, he is "almost always angry and hostile," which Gerard denies.

The request seeks to keep Gerard 100 yards away from Johnson, his family, his home, and office. Gerard said he would contest the order at a court hearing on Jan. 10.

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The president of the Los Angeles Police Commission has filed for a restraining order against Black Lives Matter activist Trevor Gerard, saying that he fears for his life and his family's safety, LA Weekly reports.
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