Shooting at Militia Protest in Louisville Was Negligent Discharge: Police

The gunfire that rang out at a protest in Louisville on Saturday was a negligent discharge, police officials told The Epoch Times.

A negligent discharge means the discharge was avoidable.

Criminal charges are possible.

“At this time no charges will be issued, but the investigation is ongoing,” Sgt. Lamont Washington, a Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) spokeswoman, said in an email on Monday.

A gun belonging to a member of the black militia “Not [Expletive] Around Coalition,” or NFAC, went off, around 1 p.m. on July 25.

Three people were injured. One suffered a minor injury, another was serious but stable, and the third was moved to an intensive care unit but will survive, Washington said.

After the shooting, police officers, fire department personnel, and emergency medical responders quickly moved to the victims to render aid, LMPD Deputy Chief LaVita Chavous told reporters in a virtual briefing later Saturday.

“Without their quick response, this could have been a much worse situation,” Chavous said.

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Members of the Louisville Metro Police Department in Louisville, Ky., on July 25, 2020. (Jeff Dean/AFP via Getty Images)

Video footage and photographs showed NFAC members kneeling after the discharge. Louisville Division of Fire Lt. Col. Bruce Himes. praised people at the scene for allowing emergency responders to quickly access the victims.

Kentucky is an open carry state.

NFAC’s leader, a DJ and rapper who calls himself The Real Grandmaster Jay, told WHAS that one of the group’s members fired their weapon by accident.

“During one of our safety checks, one of our individuals accidentally fired their weapon,” he said.

NFAC gathered in Louisville as part of a push to get Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a Republican, to finish an investigation into the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Apart from the discharge, no violence occurred.

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot during a no-knock raid on her home in March. One of the officers involved in the raid was fired last month while the two others were reassigned; none have been charged as of yet.

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In an aerial view from a drone, a large-scale ground mural depicting Breonna Taylor with the text ‘Black Lives Matter’ is seen being painted at Chambers Park in Annapolis, Md., on July 5, 2020. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Jay spoke with Metro Council President David James and Cameron, demanding the probe finish within four weeks. If not, his group may return to Louisville.

A spokeswoman for Cameron said the conversation between Jay, James, and the attorney general was productive.

But, she said in a statement to news outlets, James “did not comment on any specifics related to the timeline of the investigation.”

Cameron said in a separate statement before the rally: “We continue to work diligently in pursuit of the truth by conducting an independent investigation into the death of Ms. Taylor.”

Police officials said there’s no set deadline for the probe to come to a conclusion.

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Armed members of the NFAC march in Louisville, Ky., on July 25, 2020. (Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo)

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, referred on Sunday to a recent update he gave on the investigation being conducted by Cameron’s office.

“I have no control or influence over that process, or the additional independent investigations being conducted by the Department of Justice and FBI and I am as frustrated as you are by how long it’s all taking,” the mayor told members of the public in a video message.

In the meanwhile, the mayor said he isn’t waiting to enact change, pointing to his signing of a law that banned no-knock warrants and his hiring of an independent firm to review the Louisville Metro Police Department.

NFAC members came equipped with guns and Jay gave rules before the march and subsequent rally at Jefferson Square Park on when to shoot.

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Supporters of the Kentucky Three Percenters militia are seen during a rally by NFAC in Louisville, Ky., on July 25, 2020. (Jeff Dean/AFP via Getty Images)

“Do not point your gun at anyone unless they point their guns at you,” Jay said, local media reported. “Then kill them, do not shoot them, kill them.”

One other militia also showed up on Saturday, the Three Percenters. One member told WHAS that the group wanted to make sure protesters stayed safe. The militias were separated by police barriers.

Jay told reporters earlier this month that he wants America to declare every black descendant of slaves a political prisoner before the United States cedes some land to them.

Every member of the NFAC was once part of the U.S. military and they’re all “very disciplined” and “expert shooters,” he said.

“We don’t want to talk no more. We don’t want to negotiate. We don’t want to bring signs to a fight. We’re an eye-for-an-eye organization. So when they decide to act right, we’ll decide to act right,” he said, in an apparent reference to the police. “And we do it all legally, just like they do.”


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Shooting at Militia Protest in Louisville Was Negligent Discharge: Police,

The gunfire that rang out at a protest in Louisville on Saturday was a negligent discharge, police officials told The Epoch Times.

A negligent discharge means the discharge was avoidable.

Criminal charges are possible.

“At this time no charges will be issued, but the investigation is ongoing,” Sgt. Lamont Washington, a Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) spokeswoman, said in an email on Monday.

A gun belonging to a member of the black militia “Not [Expletive] Around Coalition,” or NFAC, went off, around 1 p.m. on July 25.

Three people were injured. One suffered a minor injury, another was serious but stable, and the third was moved to an intensive care unit but will survive, Washington said.

After the shooting, police officers, fire department personnel, and emergency medical responders quickly moved to the victims to render aid, LMPD Deputy Chief LaVita Chavous told reporters in a virtual briefing later Saturday.

“Without their quick response, this could have been a much worse situation,” Chavous said.

Epoch Times Photo
Members of the Louisville Metro Police Department in Louisville, Ky., on July 25, 2020. (Jeff Dean/AFP via Getty Images)

Video footage and photographs showed NFAC members kneeling after the discharge. Louisville Division of Fire Lt. Col. Bruce Himes. praised people at the scene for allowing emergency responders to quickly access the victims.

Kentucky is an open carry state.

NFAC’s leader, a DJ and rapper who calls himself The Real Grandmaster Jay, told WHAS that one of the group’s members fired their weapon by accident.

“During one of our safety checks, one of our individuals accidentally fired their weapon,” he said.

NFAC gathered in Louisville as part of a push to get Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a Republican, to finish an investigation into the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Apart from the discharge, no violence occurred.

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot during a no-knock raid on her home in March. One of the officers involved in the raid was fired last month while the two others were reassigned; none have been charged as of yet.

Epoch Times Photo
In an aerial view from a drone, a large-scale ground mural depicting Breonna Taylor with the text ‘Black Lives Matter’ is seen being painted at Chambers Park in Annapolis, Md., on July 5, 2020. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Jay spoke with Metro Council President David James and Cameron, demanding the probe finish within four weeks. If not, his group may return to Louisville.

A spokeswoman for Cameron said the conversation between Jay, James, and the attorney general was productive.

But, she said in a statement to news outlets, James “did not comment on any specifics related to the timeline of the investigation.”

Cameron said in a separate statement before the rally: “We continue to work diligently in pursuit of the truth by conducting an independent investigation into the death of Ms. Taylor.”

Police officials said there’s no set deadline for the probe to come to a conclusion.

Epoch Times Photo
Armed members of the NFAC march in Louisville, Ky., on July 25, 2020. (Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo)

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, referred on Sunday to a recent update he gave on the investigation being conducted by Cameron’s office.

“I have no control or influence over that process, or the additional independent investigations being conducted by the Department of Justice and FBI and I am as frustrated as you are by how long it’s all taking,” the mayor told members of the public in a video message.

In the meanwhile, the mayor said he isn’t waiting to enact change, pointing to his signing of a law that banned no-knock warrants and his hiring of an independent firm to review the Louisville Metro Police Department.

NFAC members came equipped with guns and Jay gave rules before the march and subsequent rally at Jefferson Square Park on when to shoot.

Epoch Times Photo
Supporters of the Kentucky Three Percenters militia are seen during a rally by NFAC in Louisville, Ky., on July 25, 2020. (Jeff Dean/AFP via Getty Images)

“Do not point your gun at anyone unless they point their guns at you,” Jay said, local media reported. “Then kill them, do not shoot them, kill them.”

One other militia also showed up on Saturday, the Three Percenters. One member told WHAS that the group wanted to make sure protesters stayed safe. The militias were separated by police barriers.

Jay told reporters earlier this month that he wants America to declare every black descendant of slaves a political prisoner before the United States cedes some land to them.

Every member of the NFAC was once part of the U.S. military and they’re all “very disciplined” and “expert shooters,” he said.

“We don’t want to talk no more. We don’t want to negotiate. We don’t want to bring signs to a fight. We’re an eye-for-an-eye organization. So when they decide to act right, we’ll decide to act right,” he said, in an apparent reference to the police. “And we do it all legally, just like they do.”

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