Lawsuits have been filed against social media companies, bulletproof vest makers and gun dealers over the shooting at a New York supermarket that killed 10 people.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump argued that the company helped the shooter “load the gun” and was “a co-conspirator, even if he didn’t want to admit it.”
The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a family who lost a loved one in a May 2022 assault in Buffalo.
The shooter is serving a life sentence.
Racially motivated to run amok, the 18-year-old white supremacist drove nearly 200 miles (320 km) to the black-majority community of Buffalo to visit shoppers inside the Tops Friendly Market. was shot.
His victim was Ruth Whitfield, 86. Roberta Drury, 32 years old. Aaron Salter, 55 years old. Hayward Patterson, 67 years old. Pearl Young, 77 years old. Geraldine Tully, 62 years old. Celestine Chaney, 65 years old. Catherine Massey, 72 years old. Margus Morrison, 52 years old. And Andre McNeill, 53.
He posted the manifesto online and live-streamed his attacks.
Three people were shot dead in a parking lot, seven died and three were injured inside a supermarket. All but one were black.
“This is another step closer to an attempt to seek justice,” said Crump, who announced the lawsuit Wednesday at a church in Buffalo with the families of the victims.
Among the companies named in the lawsuit is Vintage Firearms, the gun store where the weapons were legally purchased. Twitch, the live streaming service used by the attackers. Facebook; YouTube; Google; and Amazon.
Most people were not immediately available for comment, but a YouTube spokesperson told the BBC: “Our deepest condolences to the victims and their families of the horrific attack at Tops Grocery Store in Buffalo last year.” Told.
“Over the years, YouTube has invested in technology, teams and policies to identify and remove extremist content,” said Jose Castaneda. “We regularly work with law enforcement, other platforms and civil society to share information and best practices.”
The name of Remington, the manufacturer of the AR-15 rifle used by the shooter, is not on the suit. The company recently filed for bankruptcy, and co-lawyer Terry Connors said, “We felt that if we filed a lawsuit, it would only delay it.”
Last year, Remington settled for $73m (£56m) with a family who lost loved ones in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre.
The settlement has sparked a flurry of lawsuits against gun makers, with states including California and New York holding manufacturers and distributors responsible for the mass shootings.
In May, the families of three Buffalo victims filed wrongful death lawsuits against social media companies.