- “A Boston man was arrested last night and charged with illegally carrying a loaded pistol. The defendant, who allegedly purchased a firearm and body armor, and material that could be used to assemble explosives, adheres to the anti-government/anti-authority sovereign citizen extremist ideology,” the Department of Justice announced Friday.
- “Pepo Herd El a/k/a Pepo Wamchawi Herd (El), 47, of Dorchester, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.” The DOJ says El has been under law enforcement surveillance. El is facing 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.
- The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks extremist movements, describes the sovereign citizen movement on its website. “Sovereigns hold truly bizarre, complex, antigovernment beliefs that are rooted in racism and anti-Semitism,” SPLC explained.
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