GUNSHOTS have rung out in downtown Louisville as heavily-armed black militia members demanding the arrest of cops in Breonna Taylor's death faced -off a right-wing paramilitary group.
Three people were left wounded after the stand-off between the militia group carrying semiautomatic weapons and a far-right organization
Simultaneous demonstrations in Louisville were staged by the Atlanta-based “Not F***ing Around Coalition” (NFAC) and the right-wing “Three Percenters” paramilitary group.
It came a day after nearly 80 protesters were arrested in the city.
Police on Saturday closed several roads in the downtown area where the demonstrations were unfolding.
At least two people were arrested by Louisville police officers.
Numerous Black Lives Matter demonstrators have been held in the past few weeks.
Protesters have demanded the arrest of the Louisville police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor.
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 [form a] militia to address the grievances of the people.
"I didn’t write it," Johnson said of the Constitution.
"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 drugs 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 history
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."
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