In recent years, the sovereign citizen movement has become a concern for the law enforcement community. It is predicted that this anti-government movement will continue to grow as the ideology of sovereign citizens spreads across the country. Here are indicators and safety precautions that officers should take when dealing with sovereign citizens.
It’s that time of year, when people pause to reflect on the year gone by and resolve to make changes in the coming year.
Let’s start with some good news from 2013. This year had the lowest level of law enforcement fatalities in SIX decades, according to this article in PoliceOne.
By James Deater
The sovereign citizen movement occurring across the United States is one that law enforcement should continue to watch carefully. In the past few years, there have been several deadly incidents involving police officers and self-proclaimed sovereign citizens. It is estimated that 300,000 people engage in this kind of anti-government activity.
By Michael Sale
My introduction to the sovereign citizen movement actually took place in Montreal in 2011 when American Military University (AMU) was exhibiting at an emergency management conference hosted, in part, by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. An intelligence officer from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was sharing a training video that was circulating in the United States, featuring Chief Bob Paudert of the West Memphis, Arkansas, Police Department.
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The Southern Poverty Law Center recently released its annual report “The Year in Hate and Extremism,” which focuses on the number of hate groups and domestic-terrorism organizations in the U.S.
The report found that in 2012, the number of militia groups fell slightly from 334 to 321.
By Leischen Stelter
The sovereign citizen movement is a growing problem in the United States with an estimated 300,000 people engaging in anti-government activities. This group of people generally believes they exist outside the jurisdiction of government authorities and are not subject to government regulation. The Southern Poverty Law Center found that there has been a huge increase in sovereign organizations in the U.S., growing from 149 in 2008 to 1,274 in 2011.
It’s estimated to be a movement 300,000 strong across the nation with anti-government beliefs and tendencies for violence. But, unfortunately, many police officers know little about the sovereign citizen movement and haven’t received sufficient training to identify and protect themselves against this domestic terrorism group.However, it’s an issue that has garnered some attention lately.