Los Angeles, CA—Melina Abdullah, former chair of the department of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, is suing the university after she was forcefully removed by police during a 2022 mayoral debate between Karen Bass and Rick Caruso. Abdullah, is co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter Grassroots, where she is also the co-director of the organization.
Abdullah’s lawsuit which was filed in a L.A superior Court, alleges battery, assault and false imprisonment.
In March, Abdullah lost her lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles and its former police chief Thursday after a jury found that the woman’s 2018 arrest at a meeting of the Police Commission was lawful. Former LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and numerous police officers were also named as defendants in the lawsuit.
Abduallah is also currently involved in a lawsuit with the former Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, after Adbullah and a group of protesters showed up to Lacey’s home at 6:00 a.m to protest over police involved shootings in L.A which Lacey failed to prosecute. Lacey’s husband pulled a gun on Adbullah and the protesters, prompting a lawsuit on behalf of Abdullah and the BLMLA protesters.
Last month, a judge ordered Abdullah and the protesters to undergo independent mental evaluations following their claims of psychological damage after being confronted at gunpoint in 2020 by Lacey’s late husband.