John Fitzgerald Johnson, higher generally known as ‘Grandmaster Jay,’ was arrested and charged with pointing a rifle at federal brokers and Louisville, Kentucky police throughout a protest, which might land him in jail for 20 years.
Johnson was arrested on Thursday and booked right into a Louisville jail on federal expenses, NBC affiliate WAVE-TV reported. Unbiased journalist Ford Fischer posted pictures of the charging paperwork.
The incident allegedly occurred on September 4, when Johnson and his NFAC (Not F***ing Round Coalition) gathered to protest the killing of Louisville, Kentucky resident Breonna Taylor in a police raid. Whereas Taylor was fatally shot in March, protests escalated following the Could loss of life of George Floyd in Minnesota and the next wave of Black Lives Matter riots throughout the US.
In line with the affidavit, Johnson pointed his rifle within the route of Louisville PD officers – who had been apparently federally deputized – trying over the gang of protesters from the rooftops of close by buildings.
Although closely armed, NFAC has not really dedicated any acts of violence throughout the protests it was concerned with. On one event, on the finish of July, a member of the group unintentionally shot himself and two colleagues together with his personal rifle at a Louisville protest.
The group confirmed up in Lafayette, Louisiana in September and marched to chants of “Black Energy” to protest the police taking pictures of Trayford Pellerin, an African-American man killed the month earlier than.
One particular person was arrested for unintentionally discharging a firearm throughout that protest, however NFAC informed reporters that the particular person was not a part of their group.
Johnson has no prior convictions and reportedly served within the US navy within the Nineteen Nineties. He’s a black separatist, who informed RT that he needs the US to “give us our personal land right here, so we are able to go in, arrange our personal authorities and the entire 9 yards” throughout an unique interview in June.
His long-term objective, nonetheless, is “an exodus to Africa, to ascertain our future and construct our personal nation – and get a seat on the UN like all people else,” he stated.
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