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‘Supreme commander' of so-called Black militia accused of pointing rifle at cops during Louisville protest

Added 12-03-20 05:13:03pm EST - “The leader of a self-described Black militia was busted on federal charges Thursday after authorities said he was caught on camera pointing a rifle at officers during a summer protest in Louisville. John Johnson, who's also known…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “‘Supreme commander’ of so-called Black militia accused of pointing rifle at cops during Louisville protest”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The leader of a self-described Black militia was busted on federal charges Thursday after authorities said he was caught on camera pointing a rifle at officers during a summer protest in Louisville.

John Johnson, who’s also known as “Grandmaster Jay,” was part of a group of armed protesters who gathered in the city’s Jefferson Square Park on Sept. 4 for what turned out to be a tense night of demonstrations.

Some of the officers who were conducting surveillance from a roof in the area were “blinded by a light” that was later found to be a flashlight mounted to the suspect’s “AR platform style rifle,” according to the FBI.

“All officers advised they were concerned Johnson might intentionally, or even accidentally, discharge a round at them,” the agency’s Louisville division said in a statement to the Daily News.

Surveillance images released Thursday show Johnson aiming his gun at a building. The suspect did not fire the weapon, but authorities said his actions put officers’ lives at risk.

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