By David Martinez
Othal Wallace, a man associated with the Not Fucking Around Coalition (NFAC), an all-Black militia, was captured and arrested by local police and federal agents near Atlanta early Saturday morning. Ruling-class authorities carried out a large, multi-state operation over the course of two days to arrest Wallace, accusing him of shooting a police officer in Daytona Beach, Florida on June 23.
On Wallace’s Facebook, he has posted photos of himself marching with NFAC, a Black militia based in Atlanta. NFAC has supporters across multiple states and has held large armed demonstrations across the country against police brutality and to call for Black people to arm themselves in self-defense against racism from civilians and the state. Last year on the Fourth of July, they marched on Stone Mountain Park, which hosts the largest pro-slavery monument in the US, dedicated to the Confederacy.
At the July 2020 rally, NFAC leader Grand Master Jay said, “We don’t want to talk no more. We don’t want to negotiate. We don’t want to sing songs. We don’t bring signs to a gunfight. We’re an eye-for-an-eye organization.”
Grand Master Jay, whose legal name is John Fitzgerald Johnson, is currently facing state and federal charges after the FBI accused him of pointing a weapon at federally deputized task force officers during an anti-police brutality demonstration in Louisville last September.
Wallace was the subject of the manhunt following an incident in which a Daytona Beach police officer approached a vehicle on June 23 at an apartment complex. In the video from the officer’s body camera, which shows part of the interaction, the police approach a man whom they claim is Wallace. They exchange words, and soon a gunshot is heard. The officer is currently in the hospital with a bullet wound to the head.
The old State has targeted Black militants under the label “Black identity extremists” in the past, deeming as terrorists those Black people who take up arms in the name of liberation. For all the posturing from the racist State and civilian reactionaries about freedom, self-defense, and the right to bear arms, when Black militants take up guns for their own protection, the US government has sought to target and persecute them.
The operations against both Wallace and Johnson are prime examples of the repression faced by Black militants for following the logical path of defending themselves against this racist society. If the men did carry out any of the actions they are accused of, the State is not likely to hear any arguments for self-defense or offer any legal sympathy when the cases will largely consist of the word of the State’s enemies against that of their faithful servants, the police.
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