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Date: Dec 3, 2020

The leader of a Black militia that demonstrated in Louisville during last summer's social unrest has been arrested on a federal charge.

John Johnson, commonly referred to as "Grandmaster Jay," heads up the NFAC, the "Not F***ing Around Coalition."

Johnson is charged with "assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees," according to court documents. He is currently being held in the Oldham County Detention Center.

A probable cause affidavit states that on Sept. 4, the night before the 2020 Kentucky Derby, Johnson pointed a rifle at Louisville Metro Police Department officers, as well as federal officers.

Read more: WDRB (Louisville)

A man who federal authorities identified as being part of a Northern California militia linked to the far right Boogaloo movement has been charged with child enticement, related to alleged online conversations between him and a teen girl, court records show.

Robert Jesus Blancas, 33, faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison if convicted of the lone federal charge. In court records unsealed Wednesday, prosecutors revealed that Blancas was identified as a member of a militia known as the “Grizzly Scouts” or “1st Detachment, 1st California Scouts” that operates as an offshoot of the Boogaloo movement.

Blancas — who authorities say goes by the monikers “Orgotloth” and  “MuskOx” — came up in an FBI investigation related to the probe into Steven Carrillo and Robert Alan Justus, two Boogaloo members who’ve been charged with murdering Federal Protective Services Ofc. Dave Patrick Underwood, 53, at the Ron Dellums Federal Building in Oakland last May. Underwood was shot while on duty in a security booth outside the federal building, and a week later Carrillo was arrested after allegedly ambushing and murdering Santa Cruz Sheriff Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller at Carrillo’s home in Ben Lomond.

Read more: East Bay Times

Federal prosecutors said in a court filing Wednesday that they will not seek the death penalty in the case of admitted Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear Jr.

Dear has admitted to a shooting that happened at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood that took place in 2015, killing three people.

The court has not found Dear to be competent to stand trial.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Dear is accused of using an arsenal of weapons to shoot at people in and around the clinic and at responding officers. He was found with rifles, handguns, a shotgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and propane tanks.

Dear faces 65 counts of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act and three counts of allegedly using a gun during a murder.

Read more: KUSA 9 News (Denver)

The cities of Kidal, Gao and Menaka in northern Mali were hit by simultaneous attacks on Monday against military camps housing international forces, according to residents and a United Nations official.

Kidal resident Souleymane Ag Mohamed Ali said he heard more than 10 explosions coming from the direction of the camp for U.N. peacekeepers and soldiers for the French Operation Barkhane.

A U.N. official confirmed the attacks on three cities, saying rockets fell Monday morning on the camp in Kidal, and at the same time there were similar attacks in Gao and Menaka. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to press on the matter.

Read more: Washington Post

A prominent law enforcement training group is promoting a lengthy research document riddled with falsehoods and conspiracies that urges local police to treat Black Lives Matter activists as terrorists plotting a violent revolution.

The document distributed by the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association contains misinformation and inflammatory rhetoric that could incite officers against protesters and people of color, critics said. It alleges Black Lives Matter and antifa, an umbrella term for leftist militants, are “revolutionary movements whose aims are to overthrow the U.S. government” and claims they are planning “extreme violence.”

Phillip Atiba Goff, a Yale University professor who is an expert on racial bias in policing, called the document dangerous, noting that the association is an important source of training materials for many small and midsize departments across the country.

Read more: AP