The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland released a report entitled “Understanding Law Enforcement Intelligence Processes.” According to the officers polled for the study, the Sovereign Citizen movement is the number one domestic terrorism threat today, a big jump from just seven years ago when the group was seventh on the list. The Sovereign Citizens mantra is to “Kill the Messenger” or the person (cops) who enforce laws or a Judge’s Order.
Washington (CNN) They’re carrying out sporadic terror attacks on police, have threatened attacks on government buildings and reject government authority. A new intelligence assessment, circulated by the Department of Homeland Security in Feb 2015 and reviewed by CNN, focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists .
Sovereign Citizens’ ideological roots stem from the early 1970s when anti-government movements started what became known as “paper terrorism” by filing lawsuits and liens without merit against public officials. That spread with the early 1980’s recession and farm crisis. And by the 1990s, the St. Petersburg-Tampa-Orlando corridor became a “hotbed” for the sovereign citizen movement, according to Mark Pitcavage, director of research for the Anti-Defamation League.
‘Sovereign Citizen’ Arvin Kangas told two Alaska State Troopers they had no jurisdiction over him. Then his teenage son shot them dead with a shotgun. The state troopers went to arrest him on misdemeanor charges. When they went to take Kangas into custody, his son, Nathanial, took the shotgun and shot the officers in their backs at close range.
Two police officers in West Memphis Arkansas, police officer Bill Evans and Sergeant Brandon Paudert were shot and killed during a traffic stop on May 20, 2010. Police identified and killed two suspects, identified as Jerry Kane, Jr., and his son, Joseph Kane. The two were later identified as members of the sovereign citizen movement.
The house at 3722 Caracus Court Tallahassee Fl is on fire. A blue-highlighted warning pops up on emergency-dispatch computer screens — officer safety hazard. “Sovereign Citizen Curtis Holley has threatened to shoot any law enforcement that comes to his residence.” Deputies Chris Smith and Colin Wulfekuhl arrive first on the scene at 10:21 a.m. They have no idea the fire was set to draw them in. The ambush is sure and swift. Four people call 911 in rapid succession, reporting gunfire. They watch the blue bathrobe-clad shooter from behind their front windows. One sees Sovereign Citizen Curtis Holley shoot Smith twice and take the deputy’s sidearm from its holster.
RECENT EXAMPLES OF SOVEREIGN CITIZEN VIOLENCE TARGETING COPS and a example of the Sovereign Citizen Movements attempt to set up a ‘Grand Jury’ kangaroo court in Sarasota Fl.
*). ‘People’s jury’ idea gains traction in Sarasota Fl, what the hell, giving cop killers power to indict judges and politicians in Sarasota Fl? At the May 13th, 2015 meeting of Sarasota County’s Charter Review Board, Rodger Dowdell, a Bradenton resident with ties to the national sovereign citizen movement, gave a lengthy presentation and proposed amending the county charter to include a people’s common law grand jury. TERRORISTS: SARASOTA, Anyone who thinks the Suncoast is immune to the actions of sovereign citizens is being naive says private eye Bill Warner.
THE SOVEREIGN CITIZEN TOP 20 MOST VIOLENT ENCOUNTERS WITH COPS OR GOVERNMENT THE SOVEREIGN’S LUNATIC FRINGE ELEMENT.
1). July 21st, 2015 – Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Georgia “sovereign citizen” who twice attempted to pull one of the half-dozen guns he had within reach inside his car decorated with a hand-painted Confederate flag. A Towns County sheriff’s deputy and an agent from the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office stopped 30-year-old Dustin Lee Gunnells, of Hiawassee, for an unspecified misdemeanor traffic offense Wednesday, reported WKRK-AM. sovereign citizen
2). February 2015 – Joseph Paffen allegedly opened fire on a vehicle with four deputies inside as they responded to a call for a domestic incident involving Paffen at a Publix grocery store in Orlando at 5:18 p.m. Sunday, and the officers returned fire, killing him, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies told NBC station WESH that Paffen identified as a “sovereign citizen.”
3). TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT November 22nd 2014 – Curtis Wade Holley, Tallahassee LCSO Deputies Smith and Colin Wulfekuhl arrived first at the scene of the fire (set by Holley) simultaneously in separate vehicles at 10:22 a.m. Leon County Deputy Christopher L. Smith, a 47-year-old married father of two, was shot and killed immediately by Curtis Wade Holley, who was armed with a .40 caliber handgun. Bill Warner, a private investigator based in Sarasota, said Holley may have shared the same beliefs as sovereign citizens. Bill Warner said Holley may have drawn inspiration from others with anti-government views, including so-called “doomsday prepper” Martin Winters, recently sentenced to federal prison for stockpiling explosives at his Tampa-area home for use in the apocalypse. “A lot of these guys don’t go out and get very vocal,” Bill Warner said. “They keep it quiet.” Sovereign Citizen
4). September 9, 2014 – Eric Frein, an anti-government survivalist, was currently a fugitive wanted for shooting two Pennsylvania State troopers in an ambush, killing one and wounding the other. According to the State Police Commissioner, Frein had talked about committing mass murder in addition to killing officers. Accused cop killer Eric Frein, one of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives, was captured October 30th after a 48-day manhunt, police said. Sovereign Citizen
5). August 12, 2014 — Armed with an AK-47, ammunition, and propane canisters, Douglas Lee Leguin set a fire, then called 911 to report it. When Texas officers and firemen responded to the call, he shot at them in order to bring attention to his political complaints. Sovereign Citizen
6). July 11, 2014 – According to court documents, John Huggins had a plan to trigger the next American Revolution by killing two police officers, then bombing both the Tremonton Utah police station and a nearby bridge to prevent first responders from helping those injured and killed in the attacks. In his home, police found a bomb and five notebooks that detailed his surveillance on Tremonton police officers. Sovereign Citizen.
7). July 10, 2014 – An Ohio Probation Officer was shot and injured when he attempted to arrest Tyshawn Hancock for violating the terms of his probation on aggravated assault charges. Hancock had “what would generally be called an anti-government kind of viewpoint and a suspicion of authority.” Sovereign Citizen
8). June 30, 2014 – Samuel Bradbury was arrested for threatening to kill local Indiana police officers and “blow the Tippecanoe County Courthouse to pieces.” Bradbury claimed to be affiliated with Jerad and Amanda Miller (see below.) During a search of Bradbury’s home, police found the components for a firebomb and two explosive devices. Hybrid Extreme Left / Extreme Right, Sovereign Citizen.
9). June 14, 2014 – Brent Douglas Cole engaged in a shootout with two officers who confronted him when he was camping illegally in the Tahoe National Forest in California. Cole, a California Highway Patrol officer, and a Bureau of Land Management ranger were all wounded in the shootout. The federal government charged Cole with the shooting on September 18, 2014. Sovereign Citizen
10). June 8, 2014 — Jerad and Amanda Miller ambushed and killed two random Las Vegas Metro Police Department officers having lunch in Nevada. They also killed a bystander who tried to stop their spree, before being killed by officers responding to the scene. The couple had provided armed support to Cliven Bundy during his standoff against the federal government in April. Sovereign Citizen
11). June 6, 2014 — Dennis Marx attempted to take over a courthouse in Cumming, Georgia while wearing body armor and a gas mask, with explosives strapped to his body. He set a spike strip in the road to slow first responders and was armed with guns, ammunition, grenades, tear gas, and bombs. His plan was thwarted by a deputy who was outside the courthouse doing a perimeter sweep. The officer was shot and wounded, and Marx died at the scene. The violent battle was captured on a security camera and on the smart phone of a witness. Sovereign Citizen
12). June 5, 2014 — In Moncton, Canada, Justin Bourque ambushed and shot five Mounties, killing three. Although Canadian, Bourque’s social media pages reveal an obsession with U.S. gun laws and politics, killing police, typical sovereign conspiracy theories, the American Revolution, and Anonymous, all similar to Jerad Miller’s online presence. General Anti-government/Canadian
13). May 1, 2014 — While Arvin Kangas argued with two Alaska State Troopers in remote Tanana, Alaska, his teenage son Nathaniel shot the officers in the back multiple times, killing them both. The father and son staged the bodies of the Troopers to make it appear that they had drawn their weapons and then rushed to hide their marijuana plants and seeds. Sovereign Citizen
14). January 15, 2014 — When Ohio sheriff deputies went to evict Mark Kulis, they knew he was a sovereign citizen so they waited until he left his home. He was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and once inside the home, the officers found multiple explosive devices, including a bomb in the oven that was wired to a motion sensor. Kulis was found unfit to stand trial. Sovereign Citizen
15). December 19, 2013 — When two South Carolina deputies pulled Yahchanan Reames over for driving erratically, he engaged the officers in a shootout. All three were injured. At the time, Reames was out on bond for engaging officers in a fight in a prior traffic stop. Authorities believe Reames may share the views of an extremist group known as the Sovereign Citizens‘ movement. Sovereign Citizen
16). August 21, 2013 David Brutsche, a convicted felon and child sex offender, and Devon Newman were caught in plot to kidnap, torture, and murder Las Vegas Metro Police Department officers. They pled guilty to lesser charges and were sentenced to probation. Sovereign Citizen
17). March 14th, 2013 Panhandle Florida…..An armed “sovereign citizen,” accused of printing his own currency and defying government authority, was shot and killed in Florida last weekend after a four-hour standoff with a police SWAT team. Like so many law enforcement encounters with sovereign citizens, the case involving Jeffrey Allen Wright began with a routine traffic stop before quickly escalating. Wright attempted to pay his traffic fine with counterfeit money.
18). September 4, 2012 Christopher Lacy obscured his license plate and then shot and killed the first California Highway Patrol officer who pulled him over. Lacy was killed by the officer’s partner. Sovereign Citizen
19). May 20, 2010 Two police officers in West Memphis, Arkansas were shot and killed during routine traffic stop in Arkansas turned into an extraordinarily violent shooting between police and a father-son pair of so-called “sovereign citizens” six weeks ago, shedding light on a secretive and dangerous subculture which believes American laws don’t apply to them.When police stopped a white minivan in West Memphis, Ark., on May 20, they had no idea that it would set off a chain of events that would result in the deaths of two officers as well as Jerry Kane and his 16-year-old son Joseph. The FBI lists sovereign citizens as a domestic terror threat. Sovereign Citizen.
20). April 19 1995 The FBI considers sovereign-citizen extremists as comprising a domestic terrorist movement, which, scattered across the United States, has existed for decades, with well-known members, such as Terry Nichols, who helped plan the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, bombing. The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Carried out by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the bombing killed 168 people and injured more than 680 others.
SOVEREIGN CITIZEN COP VIOLENCE ON AND ON IT GOES: When a sovereign feels particularly desperate, angry, battle-weary and cornered, his next government contact, no matter how minor, can be his final straw. The resulting rage can be lethal. In 1995 in Ohio, a sovereign named Michael Hill pulled a gun on an officer during a traffic stop. Hill was killed. In 1997, New Hampshire extremist Carl Drega shot dead two officers and two civilians, and wounded another three officers before being killed himself. In that same year in Idaho, when brothers Doug and Craig Broderick were pulled over for failing to signal, they killed one officer and wounded another before being killed themselves in a violent gun battle. In December 2003, members of the Bixby family, who lived outside of Abbeville, S.C., killed two law enforcement officers in a dispute over a small sliver of land next to their home.