Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Black Lives Matter Activist Accused of Threatening L.A. Police Commissioner

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The city of Los Angeles filed for a restraining order on behalf of Matt Johnson, president of the L.A. Police Commission, against an activist affiliated with Black Lives Matter. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A judge has granted a restraining order against a Black Lives Matter activist who took his racially charged rhetoric to the law office and home of Los Angeles Police Commission President Matt Johnson.

The intrusion of the activist, Trevor Ferguson, into the commissioner’s private life marked an escalation of a conflict that had previously been confined to public meetings.

Ferguson is part of a group that regularly disrupts the Police Commission’s weekly meetings by chanting and speaking out of turn to express outrage at Los Angeles Police Department shootings of black and Latino people.

Johnson, one of two African American police commissioners, is sometimes singled out by Ferguson and others, who call him a “houseboy” — a derogatory term for a black person who is subservient to whites — amid demands that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck resign and the entire department be disbanded.

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