WSMV: Series Of Events Heightens Concerns About ‘Sovereign Citizens’ In Tennessee — And FBI Warns Police Across State To Be Aware

WSMV (NBC Nashville) is reporting that the FBI has issued an alert to Tennessee law-enforcement agencies statewide. The alert followed on the heels of a recent incident at a Nashville strip club involving purported “sovereign citizen” Eric Stanberry Jr., who was tased by police after he allegedly pulled a gun on an unarmed security guard.

Stanberry allegedly possessed a badge that read “Special Police,” according to the station.

Separately, another purported “sovereign citizen” (Anthony Williams) declared himself a “sovereign peace officer out in Nashville” and possessed a badge, handcuffs and a “fake law-enforcement [license plate] tag with the state seal,” the station reported.

Three other purported “sovereigns” allegedly were involved in a Ponzi scheme that traded on religion, WSMV reports. They were identified in a 2010 WSMV report as brothers Greg, Mark and Mike Manuel.

WSMV Channel 4

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2 Responses to “WSMV: Series Of Events Heightens Concerns About ‘Sovereign Citizens’ In Tennessee — And FBI Warns Police Across State To Be Aware”

  1. Quick note: Have received an email purportedly from Eric Stanberry Jr. The email threatens a lawsuit if the “content regarding the incident involving Eric Stanberry Jr.” is not removed and asserts “My name and legal fiction has been copyrighted and trademarked since 2011.”

    It perhaps is worth pointing out that some “sovereigns” express a belief that no one can report on their cases without their permission because their names are copyrighted/trademarked.

    Back in December 2012 — after the arrest of purported “sovereign” Jennifer Melisa Herring In North Carolina — I received similar threats. I didn’t remove the Herring story, and I won’t remove the story above or any reference to Eric Stanberry Jr.

    See story/Comments thread:

    http://patrickpretty.com/2012/12/13/purported-sovereign-with-dwi-rap-and-no-license-allegedly-tells-north-carolina-deputies-shell-pull-over-for-300000/

    Patrick

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