Fb faces the wrongful loss of life lawsuit of the slain Oakland Federal Guard David Underwood’s household – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (BCN) – On behalf of the sister of a federal official who was shot dead in Oakland by a suspected member of an extremist group, the woman’s lawyers, an unlawful death lawsuit was filed Thursday against Facebook, which recently changed its name to Meta said.

Federal Protection Agency official Dave Underwood was allegedly shot dead by Steven Carrillo, an alleged extremist, in federal court in Oakland on May 29, 2020. Protests against the death of George Floyd took place in the city that day.

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Underwood’s sister Angela Jacobs filed the lawsuit in the Alameda County Superior Court.

“We believe and intend to show that Facebook’s behavior has led to an increase in extremism around the world and violence in the real world, including the murder of Officer Underwood,” attorney Ted Leopold said in a statement. “It is time that Facebook was finally held accountable for its actions.”

Dave Underwood, killed federal security officer

Meta says the legal claim is unfounded.

“We have banned more than 1,000 militarized social movements from our platform and are working closely with experts to address the broader problem of Internet radicalization,” said Meta spokesman Kevin McAlister. “These claims are without legal basis.”

Jacobs’ attorneys claim that Meta allowed users to connect with extremist groups and encouraged divisive, inflammatory and untrue content, leading to the Underwood assassination.

When he was shot, Underwood kept the courthouse safe as protests against the assassination of George Floyd raged in Minneapolis.

Carrillo reportedly shot Underwood in a drive-by shoot while alleged accomplice Robert Justus Jr. was driving.

Jacobs’ lawyers claim that Carrillo and Justus identify as part of the boogaloo movement. According to federal prosecutors, this movement aims to instigate “a violent uprising against the perceived tyranny of the government”.

Jacob’s lawyers claim the shooting was no accident. Rather, the two men allegedly hatched and planned it on Facebook after connecting in a Boogaloo Facebook group via the company’s algorithms.

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Justus turned himself in at the FBI’s San Francisco office on June 11, 2020. He reportedly admitted driving the white van Carrillo that he shot to kill Underwood and injure a second officer.

Jupiter is said to have told investigators that he met Carrillo on Facebook, and the two of them agreed to meet on May 29 to go to the protests in Oakland.

A federal complaint stated that Justus had said that he “did not want to take part in the murder, but he felt that he had to take part because he was trapped in the van with Carrillo”.

However, the FBI received records from Carrillo’s Facebook account showing that he was speaking of the ongoing protests, which were “a great opportunity to target the specialty soup bois,” an obvious reference to federal agencies using various acronyms for “alphabet soup” .

According to the complaint, Jupiter responded with a comment “Lets Boogie”.

Jacobs attorneys also claim that promoting inflammatory content and groups on Facebook will keep users engaged and active and this will improve ad sales for the company.

Jacobs’ lawyers claim that Facebook has been trying to increase membership in groups in recent years.

In addition, the company did not knowingly warn its users about the role its algorithms play in improving extremist content, say Jacobs lawyers.

Or the effect that content and groups like Boogaloo have on promoting extremism, including violent extremism.

Jacobs is seeking all available economic and non-economic damages, including punitive damages.

Carrillo is also charged with killing the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller eight days after filming Underwood.

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