Radical US anti-government group linked to murder plot
A sting operation in Las Vegas is getting national attention because the two suspects arrested are part of the “Sovereign Citizen” movement. NBC’s Pete Williams reports.
拉斯维加斯设圈套抓捕行动正受到全国性的关注，因为两个被逮捕的嫌疑人属于“主权公民”运动。NBC的Pete Williams报道 。
A sting operation in Las Vegas is getting national attention tonight because the two people arrested in a alleged plot to kill police officers are part of a nationwide movement that many may not know about. It's called the Sovereign Citizen movement and the Americans who are part of it reject government authority and the courts that will trial them. More tonight from our justice correspondent Pete Williams .
reporter: Las Vegas officials say the plan to detain and kill police officers was hatched by two people who claim police lack the power to make arrests. Authorities charged David Allen Brutsche h42 and Devon Campbell Newman 67 with attempted murder.
These two individuals were extremist in their believes and were actively plotting in the kidnap kill at least one Southern Nevada police officer .
reporter: Investigators say the two planned to follow police on patrol when an officer made a traffic stop the two would take the policeman away to a Las Vegas house where the officer would be tied up and ultimately killed. Newman told reporter Cristine Kim of NBC Affliated KSNV that she is not violent.
I never intended to harm or kidnap anyone.
reporter: Though she said the police act without authority.
I feel they are going far beyond what the constitution allows.
reporter: Police say the two were members of an extremist movement called Sovereign Citizen. It has 100,000 followers nationwide who believe what most of the government does is illegitimate. A routine traffic stop of a minivan in Arkansas three years ago turned violent when a follower of Sovereign Citizens jumped out and began shooting. When it was over two officers were killed.
The Sovereign believes are so loopy that a small percentage cannot control themselves and they resort to violence against the police or local authorities.
reporter: The FBI says most Sovereign Citizens are none violent, many charged with tax evasion like James Turner -- sentenced last month to 16 years in prison.
You can be a U.S. citizen or you can be an American but you can't be both. It is impossible.
reporter: The two in Las Vegas appeared briefly in court today challenging its authority. Both remain in jail until a court hearing in two weeks. Pete Williams , NBC News, Washington.