Man arrested for accidental discharge of a firearm during black militia demonstration

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LAFAYETTE, LA A black militia group calling itself The Not Fucking Around Coalition, or NFAC, is gaining a reputation for accidental discharges, as it chalks up another incident surrounding one of its protests.

According to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, a man arrested for accidentally firing a weapon is not a member of the NFAC but was an “attendee” of the Saturday protest march in Lafayette. 

Thankfully, the incident did not result in anyone being injured.

The NFAC, best described as a black militia group, was granted a permit for a demonstration against the death of Trayford Pellerin, who was shot by Lafayette Police in August while Pellerin was armed with a knife and heading into a convenience store.

More than 400 people affiliated with the NFAC reportedly attended the march while armed. News crews and other witnesses reported hearing two to three gunshots in the vicinity of the demonstration.

While the group was legally engaged in its right to bear arms, the man alleged to have accidentally discharged a firearm apparently was not. Based on the charges levied against the man, Terrance Reshad Jones, 26, he apparently possessed the firearm illegally. 

The Sheriff’s Office did state that Jones is allegedly not affiliated with the NFAC and was cited as a “protest attendee.”

Jones has been charged with four counts of being a fugitive, one count of simple escape, one count of illegal use of a weapon, one count of reckless discharge of a firearm, a probation violation and three counts of RS 14:95.1, also known as possession of firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies.

Long story short, Jones has some sort of a previous felony conviction that bars him from owning or handling a firearm. Jones is slated for an Oct. 6 court appearance, according to jail records.

This isn’t the first time that the NFAC has experienced an accidental firearm discharge during one of its demonstrations.

On July 25 in Louisville, Kentucky, an accidental firearm discharge during an NFAC protest injured three people, according to reports.

It’s unclear if anyone has been arrested, as there are no reports on a suspect linked to the accidental discharge. Thankfully, no one was killed in that incident either.

One victim was described as having minor injuries, a second was initially listed as serious but then stable and the third spent time in the intensive care unit.

Overall, the track record for weapons handling during this group’s demonstrations isn’t that great with now two documented incidents involving guns being accidentally discharged.

While this latest incident was said to have been committed by someone not affiliated with the NFAC, it’s difficult to determine what it exactly means to be, or not be, affiliated with this group.

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This is not the first time that we at Law Enforcement Today have reported on this group. Back in early July, we reported on the NFAC protesting in Georgia about a Confederate monument. 

Here’s that original report. 

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA On Saturday, July 4, a group of “100% black” people named the “Not Fucking Around Coalition” (NFAC) marched through Stone Mountain Park armed and escorted by police.

The founder of the group, who calls himself Grand Master Jay, spoke with Newsweek over the phone. Jay said:

“We are a Black militia. We aren’t protesters, we aren’t demonstrators. We don’t come to sing, we don’t come to chant. That’s not what we do.”

What do they do then? Well, on Independence Day, Jay said:

“Our initial goal was to have a formation of our militia in Stone Mountain to send a message that as long as you’re abolishing all these statues across the country, what about this one?”

The statue he’s referring to is the nation’s biggest Confederate monument, about 30 minutes northeast of Atlanta.

The monument is a sculpture of the Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Southern generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

The NFAC met at this nine-story-high monument made of a transparent crystalline mineral to start its march. The NFAC gathered with about 1,000 members, each one armed with a rifle and ammunition.

They were challenging the white nationalist groups in the area to come out and fight.

One protester used a PA system and shouted:

“I don’t see no white militia, the boogie [boogaloo] boys, the three percenters and all the rest of these scared-ass rednecks. We here, where fuck you at? We’re in your house.”

Jay mentioned that the NFAC is not affiliated with Black Lives Matter.

Earlier in the day, the NFAC were seen alongside demonstrators who were headed to a rally for Rayshard Brooks, who was killed by Atlanta police at a Wendy’s. Brooks’ sister requested the NFAC provide her a “security escort” to the rally.

Jay commended the police for showing support to the all-black militia in exercising its constitutional rights on the Fourth of July. 

The Stone Mountain Park main thoroughfare is Robert E. Lee Boulevard. The street was named after the Confederate general who led the South in the Civil War.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the park had been closed, but it reopened for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Requests to remove or alter the monument have surfaced again because of the mass protests and rioting around the nation.

The monument has been a site for white nationalist rallies. A spokesman for the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, John Bankhead, confirmed that the Confederate monument is a meeting place for such groups.

WXIA-TV reported Bankhead said:

“It’s a public park, a state park. We have these protests on both sides of the issue from time to time. We respect people’s First Amendment right. We understand the sensitivities of the issue here at the park … so we respect that and allow them to come in as long as it’s peaceful, which it has been.”

During the march, the leaders of the NFAC militia halted the formation to call out to the local white supremacists and far-right Second Amendment advocates to “stop hiding.”

Other members chanted: “Black Lives Matter, Black Power, Hands up, don’t shoot.”

Jay said:

“We will not allow the murder of another black person, whether it be by white people or black people. I am not fucking around.”

Lest you think he’s just a regular protester speaking in anger, Jay also said:

“It was all Black . . . there were no brown people, no white people . . . everyone was Black. I am not a protester, I am the commanding general of my militia, we were swearing in new members.”

Jay also mentioned they’re planning another “show of force” in Phoenix, Arizona.

Organizers of the march want change and say they will “no longer be ignored.”

An unidentified member said:

“We want change that’s really going to permanently help us, we don’t want [any] little change, we want some real change.

Another organizer said:

“It’s life or death out here, that’s why we’re out here, day by day, practicing our Second Amendment right just like the white folks do.”

Videos of the NFAC march were featured on a YouTube channel called Chaos Stream Network. The caption for the video covering this particular march was titled:

“Coming near you to slaughter white families. We all know were this is going.”

Newsweek reported that when a passing motorist asked some militia members about the group, a member replied with a question asking how the motorist felt about slavery reparations.

Many members of NFAC were apparently outraged by being compared to the Black Panthers, who were a Marxist group from the 1960s to the early 1980s who open-carried and challenged alleged police brutality.

Violence often accompanied the group, torturing a man who they thought was an informant, and even killing an Oakland, California, police officer.

NFAC supporters accused Twitter users of being racist for comparing this group to the Black Panthers.

One supporter stated:

“The Black Panthers haven’t existed since the 80s, and White people who label every militant Black man as a Black panther are being racist as hell. It basically negates the rest of your message about inclusion and diversity. Seriously, it’s ignorant.”

Another said:

“NFAC: Not Fucking Around Crew, gathered at Stone Mountain State Park. A known place of Ku Klux Klan rallies. Of course racist on Twitter have a problem with it. They’re not the Black Panthers! It’s always a problem when Black people use their 2nd amendment rights.”

A third commented:

“Black Panthers’ is trending because everybody thinks ‘Black people with guns = Black Panthers’. The group is the NFAC. No relation.”

And yet another:

“You pieces of sh** keep calling any armed gathering of BLACK MEN Black Panthers knowing that’s not what they are. The fear of a BLACK MAN keeps you up at night. A BLACK MAN using the 2nd Amendment gives you nightmares.”

One more said:

“Dear EVERY SINGLE DUMBASS calling #NFAC the “Black Panthers” or anything that is a misrepresentation of peace and protection for the Black community. Go suck your mother and open your ears when you done! @realDonaldTrump friends and family #KKK made a threat and here’s a response.”

It’s unknown to what threat the user was referring.

Here are photos of the Black Panthers pulled from YouTube videos:

Black Panthers Screenshot from Youtube
Black Panthers Screenshot from YouTube
Black Panthers Screenshot from Youtube
Black Panthers Screenshot from YouTube
Black Panthers Screenshot from Youtube
Black Panthers Screenshot from YouTube

And here are screenshots from the NFAC this weekend:

Black militia called 'Not F-king Around Coalition' demonstrates in GA; angered at Black Panther comparison
NFAC screenshot from YouTube

Black militia called 'Not F-king Around Coalition' demonstrates in GA; angered at Black Panther comparison
NFAC Screenshot from YouTube

Not sure how the groups could be confused.

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