Over the last few weeks, “sovereign citizens” are demanding rich Seattle residents forfeit their mansions. Police have been responding to calls regarding these incidents after people from the Moorish Sovereign Citizens, a fringe extremist group, who do not recognize the United States government or follow any of its laws. Detectives from Snohomish County in Washington State have been overwhelmed with the members of the conservative extremist group as they knock on doors and demand rich locals hand over their mansions – or else.
Members of the extremist group are targeting rich Washington residents who live along the water in Woodway and Edmonds. These extremists knocked on the doors and told the homeowners that since they do not believe in the United States government, they would be moving into the massive mansion at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
“They have basically come to say that they’re from this particular group, and they’re there to repossess the home and want the people to vacate the premises,” said Edmonds Police Sergeant Josh McClure.
Residents resisted the conservative extremists and called the police. When the cops arrived, they warned the squatters that they would be charged with trespassing under the laws of the United States government if they came back to try it again.
“Their group believes that they own all of the lands between Alaska and Argentina and all the islands in between,” McClure said. “Unfortunately, Edmonds falls between that land.”
Apparently, the squatters bring documents with them that look like officials so they can “prove” to the homeowners that they are the true owners of the land.
Because these potential squatters did not commit any crimes, they could not be arrested or charged with anything. However, if they try to do it again, they will be charged with trespassing on the rich Seattle residents’ land.
These sovereign citizens seem to be targeting homes that are on the market or were recently on the market. They hope to catch a homeowner unawares and perhaps slip into the property as their new home.
This is not the first time sovereign citizens have taken action against rich residents of luxury communities. Back in 2018, Georgia cops arrested 33-year-old Joel Fedd after he moved into a half-a-million-dollar home that another family had just purchased. Fedd identified as an “indigenous Moor,” and therefore, claimed that he owned the property.
The theory behind sovereign Moorish citizens rests on the story about how the Moors discovered the Americas long before Christopher Columbus brought colonization to the New World.
Thousands of readers on Daily Mail shared comments about this controversial push to squat inexpensive homes.
“Come to my house and tell me to get out of my house because you want it, but you don’t want to work and save for a house, you just want someone who worked very hard to buy his own house just steps aside and give it to you because ‘you want it.’ Come knock on my door and let’s see how that plays out. I’m sure many Americans feel the same way I do. ‘GET OFF MY PROPERTY.’”
What do you think about this trend of squatters?