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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Police warned on right-wing extremists

Posted By on Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 3:31 PM

The slayings of two West Memphis police officers after a traffic stop of a right-wing extremist has given rise to an instructional video for police by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The law center warns of the "sovereign citizens" movement, said to be growing like "wildfire." They are people who believe they are exempt from most laws.

West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert, whose son Brandon was killed in the traffic stop, appears on the video, which includes clips of the encounter from police patrol car video cameras.


“There are people at war with this country who are not international terrorists,” the elder Paudert says as the training video progresses. “They are seemingly ordinary people, just like you and me, but they don’t recognize the federal government’s authority to impose laws and taxes on them.

“Don’t discount or ignore these people, because they are willing to kill and be killed for their beliefs,” Paudert says. “We, as law enforcement officers, need to recognize this very real threat so we can protect ourselves. And maybe if Brandon and Bill had recognized the warning signs of sovereign beliefs, they’d be alive today.”

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