The leader of the Not F***ing Around Coalition (NFAC) was arrested on federal charges for allegedly pointing an assault weapon at law enforcement officials in September.
According to court documents, 57-year-old John Johnson, also known as “Grandmaster Jay,” was charged with “assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees.”
According to a probable cause affidavit, the charges stem from an alleged incident that took place on Sept. 4. Johnson is accused of pointing “an AR platform rifle” at an FBI agent, a Secret Service agent and three Louisville Metro Police officers while they were on a rooftop, conducting surveillance over demonstrators at Jefferson Square in downtown Louisville.
According to the complaint, police radio transmission reported “six to eight heavily armed individuals were parked on Armory Place next to the parking garage structure” and the officers went to the roof of the building.
Three of the officers on the roof were “blinded by a light which they shortly thereafter determined was a flashlight mounted to the rifle being aimed at them by Johnson,” the complaint said.
According to the complaint, the FBI reviewed Real Time Crime Center camera footage taken from the MetroSafe building and identified Johnson as the one who was pointing the gun at law enforcement officials. Two screenshots of the incident were attached to the file.
Johnson was arrested at his home and booked into the Oldham County Detention Center just before 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, according to jail records.
“Here in Kentucky we revere our First and Second Amendment freedoms, not foolishness which puts police and protesters at grave risk,” U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman’s said in a statement.
“The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights,” Coleman continued. “Our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution is dual and simultaneous, not contradictory. Accordingly, we are committed to investigating violent behavior and those who are exploiting legitimate, peaceful protests and engaging in violations of federal law.”
If convicted, Johnson faces up to 20 years in federal prison.