The Black militia leader ‘Grandmaster Jay,’ legally known as John Johnson, has been arrested on federal charges, WDRB News reports.
Grandmaster Jay led protests last summer in Louisville, Kentucky as the leader of the “Not F***ing Around Coalition.”
Court documents state he has been charged with “assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees.”
An affidavit alleges that Grandmaster Jay pointed a rifle at Louisville Metro Police Department officers and federal officers while authorities monitored a protest taking place at Jefferson Square located in downtown Louisville.
The evening of the incident, police notified other officers that a group of “six to eight heavily armed individuals” were parked at a parking garage at Armory Place. From there, two federal and three LMPD officers observed the group from the top of the Jefferson County Jury Building. The affidavit also states that when the officers leaned over the roof, they were blinded by a flashlight.
Investigators claim the flashlight was beaming off the end of a rifle held by Grandmaster Jay.
“All officers advised they were concerned Johnson might intentionally, or even accidentally, discharge a round at them,” the probable cause affidavit states. “All officers recognized that the distance between themselves and Johnson was well within the effective range of the AR platform-style rifle.”
Johnson was booked at the Oldham County Detention Center on December 3.