Black Militia Leader ‘Grandmaster Jay’ Found Guilty on Two Federal Charges in Connection with Louisville Protests

The leader of a Black militia group that took part in Louisville protests in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s death has been found guilty on two counts of federal charges.

John F. Johnson, 59, the leader of NFAC and better known as “Grandmaster Jay,” had been charged with assaulting a federal task force officer and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

Johnson and his militia came to Louisville twice, including the day of the Kentucky Derby in September 2020.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on Sept. 4, Johnson “forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with a federally deputized task force officer who was performing official duties” when Johnson aimed a rifle at him.

Prosecutors say he pointed a rifle at two deputized task force officers positioned on the roof of a building near Jefferson Square Park. Both are detectives with the Louisville Metro Police.

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