Black militia, other groups to descend on Kentucky to protest Breonna Taylor death

Black militia, other groups to descend on Kentucky to protest Breonna Taylor death
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Grand Master J, the head of the “Not F—cking Around” coalition refers to the Constitution when talking about Black Militia Group, which has a plan to march in Louisville, Kentucky this Saturday.

When asked about the militia and the anticipated march, the leader explained that when the government remains non-responsive, the constitution allows forming a militia to address the grievances of the people.

“I didn’t write it,” he says about one of America’s founding documents. “They 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.”

The main objective of this Saturday march is to seek justice for Breonna Taylor, who was shot by police on March 13 during a police raid in her Louisville residence.

Other militia groups also plan to be present and take part in the march, reported by Major Aubrey Greggory of Louisville Metropolitan Police. The department has a plan to maintain peace and separate the groups that have opposing political views.

Police executed the “no-knock warrant” in search of a drug dealer who the police suspected live in the same address as Taylor’s but failed to find neither the suspect nor the drugs.

Family members and supporters of Taylor called for the officers associated with the shooting to be punished but until now, no one has been charged with the crime. However, the FBI initiated an investigation in May after the family filed a lawsuit.

Grand Master J has called for those who would take part in the march to carry their firearms openly, wear black, and remain peaceful, reported by WDRB.

The leader says he has already spoken with the city officials about Taylor’s case and is expecting to see the results soon. Yet he is currently advocating for the Mayors and City council members to be replaced.

The Louisville organization of Black Lives Matter has distanced itself from Grand Master J’s coalition, referring to the armed group as “Outsider Agitators.”

Kevin Kramer, the Republican cum Councilman of Louisville has urged residents to stay from the downtown area of the city during the Militia march.

“The potential for violence will be heightened as we will more than likely have a number of highly armed groups representing very different viewpoints as well as other groups all situated within a block of each other,” Kramer told WDRB.

“While efforts are being made to ensure a safe environment to all persons present, I would caution you that the potential for violence will exist.”

He added: “I don’t have a lot of confidence that the police department is going to have the resources that they need should something go wrong.”

The issue of Taylor garnered huge attention after the death of George Floyd on May 25th. Many supporters of George Floyd have also merged with Taylor’s family efforts in Louisville.

The detective investigating Taylor’s case was fired.

Earlier this month, a government oversight committee in Louisville launched an investigation into the death of Taylor and David McAtee, a cook who was shot at his restaurant by a National Guard member on May 31.

These two cases have evoked a lot of protests as well as rioting in recent weeks. There were 76 people arrested in a protest according to the report published by WDRB.

“I want justice for her,” Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, told the 19th in May. “I want them to say her name. There’s no reason Breonna should be dead at all.”

On June 11, the police published an incident report for the night Taylor was killed but the large portion of the report was blank. Her injury in the report was listed as “none” although she was fatally shot. According to CBS News, the report said that there was no forced entry. Yet a battering ram was used to enter the apartment, a witness testified.