RECOMMENDED READING: Times-Picayune Details Louisiana Shootout Involving Purported ‘Sovereign Citizens’ That Left 2 Sheriff’s Deputies Dead
On Aug. 16, Deps. Jeremy Triche and Brandon Nielsen were shot and killed in LaPlace, La. The shootings have been linked to purported “sovereign citizens.”
The deputies were members of the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana.
From today’s Times-Picayune, via NOLA.com (italics added):
By dawn, two deputies were dead. Another two were injured. And the tangled tale of the seven people accused in connection with the shootings began to unspool.
Two were on federal domestic terrorism watch lists, linked to the growing anti-government “sovereign citizens” movement. It is less a cult than a loose collection of pariahs, united only in their shared beliefs: that there is little authority higher than their own, that they are not subject to laws and taxes, that Americans have been enslaved by their nation.
Their volatility frightens police who encounter them, for good reason . . .
Read the story in the Times-Picayune.