Jury selection begins at trial of black militia group leader ‘Grandmaster Jay’

Jury selection began Monday in Louisville for the federal trial of a black militia group leader present during the Breonna Taylor protests. John Johnson, known as “Grandmaster Jay,” arrived at the federal courthouse in downtown Louisville Monday morning. He is accused of pointing a gun at law enforcement officers during the September 2020 protests. Prosecutors say he pointed an AR rifle at five officers positioned on the roof of a building. His group, the NFAC, moved into Louisville armed with arms twice in the wake of the death of Breonna Taylor for what they described as peaceful formations: once in July and again during Kentucky Derby of 2020, which took place in September. In addition to the federal charges, Johnson is also awaiting trial for gratuitous endangerment. Previous Story: Case Against Militia Leader ‘Grandmaster Jay’ Heads to Jefferson County Grand Jury

Jury selection began Monday in Louisville for the federal trial of a black militia group leader present during the Breonna Taylor protests.

John Johnson, known as “Grandmaster Jay,” arrived at the federal courthouse in downtown Louisville on Monday morning.

He is accused of pointing a gun at law enforcement during the September 2020 protests.

Prosecutors say he pointed an AR rifle at five officers positioned on the roof of a building.

His group, the NFAC, moved to Louisville armed with guns twice in the wake of the death of Breonna Taylor for what they described as peaceful formations: once in July and again during of the 2020 Kentucky Derby which was in September.

Along with the federal charges, Johnson is also awaiting trial for gratuitous endangerment.

Previous story: Case against militia leader ‘Grandmaster Jay’ heads to Jefferson County grand jury

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