On Saturday, two gun-toting political groups planned to square off in downtown Louisville.
NFAC, which stands for the Not F**king Around Coalition, had announced their plan to hold a march through the city earlier this month. Multiple 111%er militias took to social media to call on their members and like-minded Kentuckians to also show up heavily armed in downtown Louisville, with the usual claims of “helping” law enforcement and “protecting locals and their property” by standing around in body armor with rifles.
In a city still reeling from weeks of Black Lives Matter demonstrations in response to the murders of Minneapolis’s George Floyd and Louisville’s own Breonna Taylor, during which at least one local Black business owner was shot and killed by Kentucky National Guard and Louisville Police officers, some feared the meeting of NFAC and local militias would escalate to violence.
The day was, however, almost entirely peaceful. Local militias were kept separated from NFAC by local police.
Around 1 p.m., an NFAC member accidentally discharged a firearm, injuring three other NFAC members who were taken by ambulance to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
It was the only shot fired that day, as a few hundred black-clad NFAC members marched in formation through Louisville with a relatively subdued police escort without other incidents despite a rush of conservative media outlets who claimed that the shooting created chaos.
Grandmaster Jay, the head of NFAC, told supporters that they’d come to Louisville to help with community policing in the city’s predominately Black neighborhoods, as well as to hold city officials accountable for their investigation into the police killing of Taylor, announcing that the city had four weeks to publicly reveal their findings or else NFAC would return.
The gallery of images below contain images made Saturday, July 25, 2020.