One of Los Angeles’ top policemen has filed a restraining order against a leading Black Lives Matter activist who has allegedly been stalking him and making violent threats against him and his children.
Los Angeles Police Commission President Matt M. Johnson alleges that Trevor Gerard, a well-known Black Lives Matter activist in LA, followed him home and to his office in a complaint filed against the activist.
Johnson, the only African-American sitting on the Police Commission, became part of the commission in 2015 and was immediately elected to the President position by other Police Commissioners.
According to L.A. Weekly, the Police Commissioner accused Gerard of issuing threats of violence against him and made “a gratuitous reference” to his children, all while a board meeting was in progress.
“These comments include ‘I’m going to beat your a**’ and ‘I am going to f****** kill you.’ These threats were made while he was looking directly at me, but because he did not speak them aloud, there was no recording,” Johnson said in the complaint.
The restraining order was filed on December 19, the day after a protest organized by a local coalition of activists and Black Lives Matter was held outside Johnson’s home. Two days earlier, some activists entered a law firm’s office where Johnson is a managing partner.
The BLM activist denied the allegations and suggested Johnson took the words and actions out of context because he’s politically motivated to distort the truth. “I never told him that he should be afraid of me,” Gerard told L.A. Weekly
“I never told him to meet me outside. I never threatened him with any kind of physical violence,” he added. Gerard, however, acknowledges that he called the commissioner a “b****-a** houseboy.”
He then continued slamming the police commission board, saying it has been contributing to the issues Black Lives Matter is protesting against. “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,” he said.
“They have become too comfortable with the way that we’re forced to engage them in that meeting space, which is in the LAPD headquarters itself.”
Gerard claims he will contest the restraining order at a court hearing on January 10.