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Members of a tough-talking, all-black, armed militia that descended into Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed during a drug-related police raid in March, threatened violence unless Taylor’s murder is fully investigated and the officers involved arrested.
Speaking in Baxter Square, “Not F–king Around Coalition” leader John Fitzgerald Johnson, aka “The Real Grandmaster Jay,” specifically threatened to return in four weeks and burn the whole city to the ground like Minneapolis.
“Four weeks from today, we’re going to come back here, and we should have an answer. If not, I need y’all to repeat me after me: If we don’t get the truth, the whole truth, and the motherf–king truth, we are, going to, burn this motherf–ker down,” he said.
Listen (*Language warning):
“Grandmaster Jay” gave a speech that was 50 minutes long.
In it, he said that if the public doesn’t have the “truth” about Breonna Taylor’s death, “We are going to burn this motherfucker down.”
When I’m done posting the rest of the content, I will post the entire speech. pic.twitter.com/5RLJG8KjZO
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) July 26, 2020
Speaking with local FM radio station WFPL later that afternoon, George Washington University terrorism expert J.J. MacNab warned that while such threats are a common tactic used to instill fear, Johnson’s threats were particularly jarring.
“There’s usually all these extra little catchphrases in the middle, but this was much more in your face. He had a list of demands, and he had his private army beside him to back up those demands, that if he didn’t get what he wanted he would be effectively unleashing his private army onto Louisville,” she said.
Indeed, and as it stands, NFAC already has a history of abusive, dangerous behavior. Weeks earlier NFAC had shown up at Atlanta’s Stone Mountain Park on the Fourth of July and terrorized white motorists by demanding reparations from them.
Stone Mountain pic.twitter.com/zv4hXeXFYG
— maria viti (@selfdeclaredref) July 4, 2020
While at Stone Mountain Park, Johnson also personally demanded that the United States hand over Texas so that it may be transformed into an autonomous “new black nation.”
“We file a declaration of liberation, declaring every African-American descendant of slavery a political prisoner here in the United States, that was affected by the Portuguese slave trade, and after that, the United States then has a choice, either carve us a piece of land out here — we’ll take Texas — and let us do our own thing, or don’t stop us when we exit this body here and go somewhere where they will give us our own land to build our own nation,” he said.
NFAC’s leader Grand Master Jay describing how he will build his black ethnostate inside the United States.
boasting they are all ex-military extremely disciplined & experts shooters
— SSG_PAIN⭐⭐⭐ (@SSG_PAIN) July 5, 2020
The good news is that none of the group’s prior threats have ever led to actual violence. Moreover, the group’s members seem to have no idea how to actually handle a weapon.
According to reports, a member of NFAC “accidentally discharged his weapon injuring himself and two others” during the event in Louisville on Saturday.
The men had to be transported out of Baxter Square and to a nearby hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, according to local police.
BREAKING: We just watched two people be taken onto stretchers at Baxter square on 12th and Jefferson. Metro safe has confirmed reports of shootings & that there are multiple victims. We heard the noises when people scattered to get behind cars, & to take a knee @WHAS11 #nightteam pic.twitter.com/h5AsPWlLbi
— Jessie Cohen (@jessiecohennews) July 25, 2020
UPDATE – The person shot is now being transported away with an ambulance. pic.twitter.com/VTk6kVQVs8
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) July 25, 2020
UPDATE – One person of the #NFAC militia group accidentally discharged his weapon injuring himself and one other individual. Both individuals have been taken away by EMS. One shot in the leg and one shot in the hand.
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) July 25, 2020
Video of accidental shooting at BLM protest in Louisville.
LMFAO at these toy soldiers. A teenage airsoft squad could take them out. 😂
— Lily 🇺🇸 (@RubyHeart2020) July 26, 2020
“Today, shortly before 1:00 pm, three people were struck by gunfire as the result of a discharge of someone’s gun who was participating in the NFAC demonstration at Baxter Park,” Louisville Metro’s interim Chief of Police Robert Schroeder reportedly said in a statement.
“Louisville Division of Fire and LMEMS arrived a short time later and transported all three victims to the University of Louisville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All involved are members of the NFAC and there are no outstanding suspects.”
Other than for this humiliating incident, the highly publicized event — which drew massive media attention after a conservative, anti-statist, pro-gun militia known as the Three Percenters announced plans to also show up in Louisville, but for the purposes of aiding the police to ensure everybody remained peaceful — mostly went off without a hitch.
However, the event did draw some criticism from Black Lives Matter activists.
“[Johnson] really needs to mind his own business. If he’s down from Georgia he needs to do work down there. There is a proper protocol in black resistance work, and that was a show that was put on today,” BLM Louisville member Chanelle Helm said to WFPL.
A really lousy show, it would appear, with horrifically bad choreography. Do better, NFAC.
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