By Karen Ruiz For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:08 BST, 5 September 2020 | Updated: 17:45 BST, 5 September 2020
Heavily armed pro-Trump 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 Trump 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
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