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Jury convicts militia leader of pointing rifle at police


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials say the leader of a pro-gun group that has staged armed protests has been convicted of pointing a rifle at law enforcement while in Kentucky for a demonstration. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement on Sunday that jurors found John F. Johnson guilty Friday on charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding law enforcement and brandishing a firearm during racial justice protests two years ago. Officials say Johnson pointed an AR-15 platform rifle and tactical flashlight at two federally deputized officers on a roof in downtown Louisville. The 59-year-old Johnson also goes by  “Grandmaster Jay” and his group often demonstrates against white supremacy and police violence.

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