Gunshots are rung out in downtown Louisville today as heavily-armed black militia members, demanding the arrest of cops involved in Breonna Taylor’s death, faced-off a right-wing paramilitary group.
The violence unfolded after simultaneous demonstrations in Louisville were staged by the Atlanta-based Not F***ing Around Coalition (NFAC) and the right-wing Three Percenters paramilitary group.
At least three people were left wounded after the stand-off between the heavily armed groups who converged.
In a bid to keep them apart, police closed several roads and erected barriers in the downtown area.
Numerous ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations have been held in the past few weeks following the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor.
Protesters have demanded the arrest of the Louisville police officers involved in the killing.
But NFAC head John Fitzgerald Jay Johnson told WDRB-TV: Once it gets to that point where it looks like the government is non-responsive to the will of the people, the Constitution says to the militia to address the grievances of the people.
“I didn’t write it”.
They (the founding fathers) wrote it. We just abide by it. So that’s our destination because when it looks like the government is being indifferent to the people, the people have the right to form themselves, and arm themselves to ask those questions.
Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, was shot dead when police officers burst into her Louisville apartment during a drug investigation.
The warrant to search her home was in connection with a suspect who did not live there and no drugs were found.
The frontline medic, who worked for two local hospitals, had no criminal record.
The shooting has sparked weeks of protests, policy changes and a call for the cops who shot Taylor to be arrested and charged.
One officer has been fired, but no charges have been filed.
“The investigation continues”.
Johnson said earlier this week that up to 5,000 members of the NFAC could take part in the demonstration in Louisville.
He said: “We’re there to get an answer, not to fight a war.
This is for Bre.