Armed supporters gather near Churchill Downs ahead of Kentucky Derby ...

Heavily armed pro- supporters gather near Churchill Downs vowing to protect Louisville ahead of Breonna Taylor protests during the Kentucky Derby - as spectators begin to arrive Pro- activists and far-right militia members gathered at Cox Park in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday  Men dressed in military gear and armed with semi-automatic weapons were out in force vowing to protect the city from any destruction brought by protesters  A number of social justice groups announced plans to rally over the police shooting of Breonna Taylor  Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot dead in her home by Louisville cops during a botched police raid in March

By Karen Ruiz For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:08 BST, 5 September 2020 | Updated: 17:45 BST, 5 September 2020

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Heavily armed pro- activists and far-right militia members have gathered near Churchill Downs in Louisville vowing to protect the city ahead of a day of Black Lives Matter protests scheduled to kick off during the annual Kentucky Derby. 

Hundreds of men dressed in military gear and armed with semi-automatic weapons were out in force at Cox Park Saturday morning after a number of local social justice organizations announced plans to rally over the police shooting of Breonna Taylor.  

A group of self-described 'patriots' and militia members led by a far-right activist identified as 'The Angry Viking' were seen toting guns, American flags, and 2020 signs as they patrolled the area ahead of the demonstrations. 

The group told local news stations they are fed up with the protests and destruction that have rocked the country over the past three months and were there to defend the city from any chaos that's to come. 

A man holding a semi-automatic shotgun stands in front of Dylan Stevens, who calls himself 'The Angry Viking' at a gathering of far-right activists and self-described militia on the day of the Kentucky Derby horse race in Louisville

A man holding a semi-automatic shotgun stands in front of Dylan Stevens, who calls himself 'The Angry Viking' at a gathering of far-right activists and self-described militia on the day of the Kentucky Derby horse race in Louisville

Dozens of men dressed in military gear and armed with semi-automatic weapons were out in force at Cox Park on Saturday ahead of planned demonstrations demanding justice for Breonna Taylor

Dozens of men dressed in military gear and armed with semi-automatic weapons were out in force at Cox Park on Saturday ahead of planned demonstrations demanding justice for Breonna Taylor 

A man stands as security during the rally on Saturday. The group said it planned to protect the city from any destruction brought by protesters

A man

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