LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- A $200,000 bail is now on the table for the two people alleged in a violent plan to kidnap and kill local police officers. The two said they were sovereign citizens, and while the plan seems shocking, it is not the first time sovereigns have been arrested or turned to violence.
Sovereign Citizens have and they are growing in numbers, as the movement now contains several hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Now, police and courts are training for how to deal with them.
“The philosophy of anti-government has been around for a long time and will be around for a long time to come,” said former District Attorney David Rogers.
Rogers says he has dealt with sovereigns for years, and that sovereigns believe the country has abandoned the Constitution, so laws don't apply.
“Terry Nichols is probably the best example,” Rogers said. “He helped plan the Oklahoma City Bombing and had Las Vegas ties.”
Sovereigns are known for violence -- so much so that police now go through special training, including a training DVD that shows a violent crime in Arkansas three years ago when a 16-year-old sovereign shot and killed to cops during a traffic stop.
But away from the violence sovereigns have become a daily nuisance, being called “paper terrorists” -- filing liens against government officials and lawsuits to try and slow down the court system.
To help stop the “paper terrorism,” our state created a law that gives records clerks the ability to throw out frivolous liens and suits filed by sovereigns. The trick is identifying them and that is where training comes in.
The two accused of the kidnapping plot will be back in court September 9.