Leader of the ‘Not F-ing Around Coalition’, a black nationalist militia, federally charged for pointing rifles at police

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LOUISVILLE, KY – The leader of the “Not Fu***** Around Coalition” (NFAC) has been federally charged with pointing long guns at police officers in September.  The suspect had led a group of people in the area protesting over the killing of Breonna Taylor.

The leader of NFAC, known as Grand Master Jay, whose real name is John Fitzgerald Johnson, was at the Jefferson County Courthouse on September 4 and allegedly pointed long guns at officers who were present conducting crowd control. 

Federal authorities have charged Johnson with assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees.

Court documents alleged that Johnson:

“forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with federally deputized task force officers while they were engaged in or on account of the performance of official duties, when Johnson aimed/brandished an AR platform rifle at them.”

Federal authorities allege that Johnson specifically aimed the AR-style rifle at several local and federal police officers while they were at the Jefferson County Grand Jury Building.  The federal and local officers were positioned as an overwatch on the eastern edge looking down on Armory Place.

The incident started when officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department were performing surveillance of a large crowd that had staged at Jefferson Square Park.  Some of the groups of people inside the park were armed with long guns and planned on participating in a protest over the lack of criminal charges against three officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor.

Officers had been placed in various areas of the vicinity to provide security, crowd control, and surveillance to ensure quick responses in cases of violent actions caused by the group. 

While officers were conducting surveillance, police received a report at 8:34 p.m. that six to eight armed people had parked on Armory Place near a parking garage.

Federal and local police officers went to the roof of the Jefferson County Grand Jury Building in order to conduct surveillance of the individuals.  These officers were to observe the armed individuals and attempt to determine if they were only protesting or had other ill intentions. 

As officers got into position and began surveillance, two officers were blinded by some type of light.  As officers looked for the source, they determined that the light came off of a flashlight that was affixed to a rifle being carried by Johnson. 

Three of the officers witnessed Johnson aiming the rifle at the other two officers.

All officers involved stated the Johnson’s actions of aiming a rifle at them placed them in fear for their lives.  They voiced concern that Johnson would fire on them either intentionally or accidentally. 

The FBI was able to obtain video and pictures of the incident in which it clearly shows a man pointing a rile upwards.  The FBI alleges that Johnson was shown in the video aiming the rifle at the officers on the rooftop of the Grand Jury Building.

The FBI reviewed Johnson’s background as part of this investigation and were allegedly able to show a pattern of Johnson making threats, as well as using firearms to threaten people, including his own wife. 

In 1995, Johnson was arrested for battering Reisha Williams as well as using a 20-gauge shotgun to threaten three other people, including Jose Reyes.

 Johnson was also arrested in 2003 for threatening to kill his wife, Sheneice Johnson, and her Platoon Sergeant while at Fort Bragg.  The incident happened while the victim and her unit were having a formation and recognition ceremony.

Johnson also served two active stints in the military, once with the Virginia National Guard and then the United States Army.  In both branches of military service, he was kicked out for “other than honorable conditions” in lieu of trial by court-martial. 

The FBI is investigating how Johnson was able to enter the United States Army after being kicked out of the Virginia National Guard.

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Two U.S. Marshals shot, one NYPD detective injured in attack by armed fugitive wanted for shooting cop

December 4, 2020

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Two U.S. Marshals were shot and one NYPD detective was reportedly injured during a confrontation with an alleged armed fugitive within the Bronx during the morning hours of December 4th. 

 

Officials say that both U.S. Marshals are expected to survive said gunshot wounds and that the suspect being sought is deceased following the confrontation. 

The U.S. Marshals’ New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force were reportedly in the Wakefield section of the Bronx at around 5:30 a.m. searching for 35-year-old Andre Sterling. 

Sterling was said to have been wanted for allegedly shooting 28-year-old Trooper John Lennon in the hand on November 20th in Hyannis, Massachusetts. 

 

The suspect was obviously not apprehended after said incident on November 20th, which resulted in Sterling being listed as a wanted fugitive for charges of armed assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm and assault and battery. 

When U.S Marshals confronted the suspect on December 4th at an apartment within the area, a shootout transpired. One of the U.S. Marshals was shot in the leg and arm, while the other was struck in the leg. 

Sterling was reportedly killed during the exchanged gunfire.

As for the NYPD detective injured during the incident, reports allege the detective injured his leg but pointed out that the injury was not gunfire-related. However, not much context has been provided beyond that. 

While having been shot, officials noted that the U.S. Marshals’ injuries are non-life threatening. 

 

It’s unclear what led authorities to locating the suspect at the apartment complex, as not many details have been released regarding the investigation prior to the confrontation. 

All that has been revealed so far is that investigators working the case regarding the non-fatal shooting of Trooper Lennon in November believed that Sterling may have fled the Hyannis, Massachusetts area, prior to the December 4th confrontation

None of the injured law enforcement personnel have been identified as of this time. 

This is a developing story. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further updates on this investigation. 

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