Grandmaster Jay, founder of the all-black armed activist group, is under federal indictment after the FBI says he aimed a rifle at officers

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.

FBI, Louisville police and secret service officers were watching the protesters in Jefferson Square Park on Sept. 4 as Breonna Taylor was assassinated during a protest. As probable evidence, he claims that a Louisville Subway Police radio station told officers that a group of “six to eight heavily armed individuals” is near a parking garage.

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

Johnson founded the NFAC in 2017. The size of the all-black, Atlanta-based group has grown amid a summer of protests against violence against black people, including the deaths of police.
An all-black group is arming itself and demanding change.  They are the NFAC
The group marched on Stone Mountain in Georgia and called for the removal of the country’s largest Confederate monument; in Brunswick, Georgia, represented by Ahmaud Arbery; In Louisville, he demands greater transparency in the Taylor case; and Lafayette, Louisiana, on behalf of Trayford Pellerin.

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.