Thursday, 01 Jul 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – West Memphis police officers and some local prosecutors just finished training on how to identify and deal with anti-government, extremist groups.
This comes six weeks after a father-son pair of so-called “sovereign citizens”, shot and killed two West Memphis police officers.
The FBI said “sovereign citizens” are anti-government extremist who believe they don’t have to answer to any government authority including courts, taxing entities or law enforcement. The FBI lists the movement as a “domestic terror threat”.
Police dash cam video, released Wednesday, showed the 16-year old passenger of this van, Joseph Kane, handing paperwork to West Memphis police officer Brandon Paudert shortly before he opened fire with an AK-47, killing Paudert and Officer Bill Evans.
Investigators tell FOX13, the officers were handed “sovereign citizens” paperwork. According to the anti-defamation league, which tracks extremist groups, the strangely threatening document warns officers they might be the ones to face criminal penalties.