A lone state trooper in Massachusetts confronted nine heavily armed men who are part of a group known as “Rise of the Moors”. The men were armed with pistols and long guns and were displaying the national flag of Morocco. The trooper asked them for their gun permits but they politely declined, claiming that they had no intention of stopping in the state until two of the vehicles broke down.
The state trooper called for back up and before long, they had the Moors surrounded and at the beginning of a stand-off. Even if you took them at their word that they had not planned on stopping in the state, they still should not have been armed on the highway. Their guns should have been in the trunk, unloaded. At no time does it appear that anyone was in danger except for liberal snowflakes who hate guns.
Jamhal Talib Abdullah Bey disputed the notion that the group is “anti-government.
“We’re not anti-government, we’re not anti-police, we’re not sovereign citizens, we’re not Black-identity extremists,” Bey said during a livestreamed video posted to YouTube Saturday morning.
He believes the group is traveling legally by abiding by federal laws, though not acknowledging Massachusetts laws, which he does not believe apply to the group as they did not intend to stop in Massachusetts.
“I’ve expressed to you multiple times we are not anti-government.”
An armed uniformed man speaking with MSP negotiators in the middle of a standoff on 95 as it’s being live streamed on an IG account for the Moorish Constitutional Convention Committee. @wbz https://t.co/swiYDUFnIT pic.twitter.com/2oKJqrGg5G
— Anaridis Rodriguez (@Anaridis) July 3, 2021
The SPLC says:
“The Moorish sovereign citizen movement is a collection of independent organizations and lone individuals that emerged in the early 1990s as an offshoot of the antigovernment sovereign citizens movement, which believes that individual citizens hold sovereignty over, and are independent of, the authority of federal and state governments. Moorish sovereigns espouse an interpretation of sovereign doctrine that African Americans constitute an elite class within American society with special rights and privileges that convey on them a sovereign immunity placing them beyond federal and state authority.”
Thankfully, the state police don’t see them as much of a threat either. State Police Col. Christopher Mason says his troopers encounter citizens groups like this on a regular basis.
“I’m not saying that this group does, but we have had those encounters before in the past, we trained to those encounters,” he said. “We very much understand, you know the, I guess the philosophy that underlies that mindset, and we train our officers actually at the academy on these interactions and how to de-escalate those situations and how to engage with people that have that that philosophy and mindset and resolve those situations, you know, in a peaceful manner, which is what we’re committed to doing today.”