FBI agents arrested John Fitzgerald Johnson, founder of the Not F ** King Around Coalition, also known as Grandmaster Jay, at his home on Thursday. The 57-year-old woman appeared before a federal judge in Louisville that afternoon, and the judge appointed the Federal Defense Office to represent her.
Johnson did not respond immediately to CNN’s comments, and the head of the defense firm refused to comment. A combined pre-trial and detention hearing is scheduled for Friday. If Johnson is convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.
According to the federal complaint, police and task force officers (TFOs) were watching people on the roof of the Jefferson County Grand Jury building when some of the officers were blinded by the light. It was found that the light came from a flashlight mounted on an “AR platform-style rifle” that Johnson aimed at them. It is alleged that officers recognized Johnson after seeing him earlier in the day and earlier in videos posted on social media. .
“Officers and TFOs advised that they had all noticed Johnson’s threat from directing his rifle at them,” the complaint states. “Every officer advised that they were worried Johnson could intentionally or even accidentally start a ride with them.”
After Johnson raised and aimed his rifle, two officers backed away from the edge of the roof, the complaint says. About “30 seconds after Johnson aimed his rifle at them,” an officer left the building and met with Johnson and another NFAC contact, the document writes.
The FBI-reviewed video shows that Johnson “picks up his rifle at street level and targets officers at the large jury building in Jefferson County,” the complaint said. Another observation video shows the same, plus Johnson’s “rail-mounted flashlight is clearly” on. ”
The Louisville Department of the FBI and the LMPD are investigating this case, which falls within the remit of the Attorney General’s Working Group on Anti-Government Extremism. The task force is committed to “supporting the investigation and prosecution of a person or group who commits violence in the name of an anti-government ideology,” the FBI said in a statement.
“The FBI respects the rights of individuals to exercise their rights to the First Amendment peacefully,” said James Robert Brown Jr., the FBI’s competent agent in Louisville. “Accordingly, we are committed to investigating violent behavior and against those who exploit lawful, peaceful demonstrations and commit violations of federal laws.”
NFAC is an all-black, Atlanta-based group
The NFAC wants to protect, self-police and educate black communities about firearms and their constitutional rights, Johnson said in October.
“We’re not against anyone,” Johnson said. The group is “made up of American citizens who exercise our constitutional rights and should not change the color of our skin,” he said.
Prior to his work at the NFAC, Johnson served in the military and was known by some as a hip-hop DJ and producer.
CNN’s Nicole Chavez, Ryan Young, Melissa Alonso and Angela Barajas contributed to the report.