Standoff with Police
Free/Sovereign Citizen Learns He Isn’t So Free After All
Cristal M Clark
Free citizen learns the hard way that you can’t just break the law because you refuse to recognize it. According to Wikipedia; The sovereign or rather free citizen movement is simply just a group of American and Commonwealth litigants, commentators, tax protesters, and financial-scheme promoters. They are self-described “sovereign citizens” who see themselves as answerable only to their particular interpretation of the common law and are not subject to any government statutes or proceedings. They do not recognize United States currency and maintain that they are “free of any legal constraints,” and they really detest paying any kind of taxes. In short, the sovereign citizen movement believe that the United States government is illegitimate.
And the FBI, well they see this group as nothing more than just domestic terrorists. US law enforcement ranked the risk of terrorism from the sovereign-citizen movement higher than the risk from any other group, including Islamic extremism, militias, racists, and Neo-Nazis.
The group here in the US is actually growing quite rapidly.
But for 42-year old Dennis Duane Vann, he’s learning a rather hard lesson and that is, you do not get to pick and choose which laws you follow. Seems that good old Dennis decided it would be smart to engage in a standoff with the Maplewood, Minnesota Police that lasted around 4 hours last week.
The standoff started after Dennis was pulled over by police for a revoked license at which point, he promptly and rather defiantly informed officers that he didn’t need a license because he is a “free citizen.”
Dennis was charged with two felonies, making threats of violence with reckless disregard for risk and fleeing police, and more charges could be coming because police found what appears to be an explosive devise in the RV Dennis had been cruising around in. Wonder what he needed that for?
In the end, Dennis just might find himself enjoying some much-needed time in a jail cell, maybe there he’ll actually learn a thing or two about our laws or he’ll utilize the time to recruit members into the fold.
Only time will tell.
Cristal M Clark