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11 Arrested in Armed Roadside Standoff in Massachusetts

Eleven suspects have been taken into custody on Saturday after a prolonged roadside standoff between cops in Massachusetts and a gaggle of armed males in tactical gear who claimed to be a part of a Moorish American group.

According to the Massachusetts State Police, at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, a state trooper stopped to verify on two autos that had pulled over in the emergency breakout lane of Route 95 in Wakefield. The males have been refilling their gasoline tanks with their very own gasoline, they usually seemed to be sporting navy tactical gear and carrying weapons.

Col. Christopher Mason of the Massachusetts State Police stated that when the group failed to offer identification and firearm licenses as requested, the trooper requested for backup.

The standoff ultimately moved to the wooden line by the interstate with none photographs being fired. Around 10:15 a.m., the police arrested 9 of the lads concerned. Two suspects have been taken in earlier, at roughly 8 a.m. All males surrendered with out incident, Colonel Mason stated, and “a number” of firearms have been seized.

“I attribute the successful resolution of this to both patience, professionalism and partnership,” he stated. “At the end of the day, we have the desired outcome, which is a safe resolution.”

According to Colonel Mason, the lads concerned in the standoff say they’re a part of a gaggle known as Rise of the Moors. They describe themselves as “Moorish Americans dedicated to educating new Moors and influencing our Elders,” according to the group’s website.

“Their self-professed leader wanted very much known their ideology is not anti-government,” the colonel stated. “Our investigation will provide us more insight into what their motivation, what their ideology is.”

He stated that the group was making its manner from Rhode Island to Maine for “training.”

“We are not anti-government,” a person stated early Saturday morning on a livestream on the group’s YouTube channel. The man, who was sporting military-style gear, went on to elucidate that the group had pulled over to gasoline up their automobiles with gasoline cans to keep away from “making any unnecessary stops” whereas carrying firearms. The man additionally stated they have been touring to “their private land.”

“We do not intend to be hostile, we do not intent to be aggressive,” he added later. “We are not anti-government, we are not anti-police, we are not sovereign citizens and we are not Black identity extremists.”

“We are foreign nationals,” one other member of the group shouted from the background.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a Moorish sovereign citizen motion emerged in the early Nineteen Nineties. It is an offshoot of the antigovernment sovereign citizens movement, which believes that particular person residents maintain sovereignty over, and are unbiased of, the authority of federal and state governments.

It is unclear what affiliation the Rise of the Moors might have, if any, with that motion.