Bellevue, Neb: Purported ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Shows Up At Police Headquarters With Sword, Later Gets Tasered
James Casale, 36, a purported “sovereign citizen,” allegedly showed up on New Year’s Eve wearing a “Guy Fawkes” mask and carrying a sword at police headquarters in Bellevue, Neb.
Bellevue police posted a photo of the encounter on Facebook.
Casale wasn’t arrested at headquarters, police said. Rather, he was arrested later at the home of his ex-wife after showing up there with the sword.
“Bellevue Police were dispatched to investigate a call of a man armed with a belt and a Katana Sword in the yard of his ex-wife,” police said. “Upon Officers arrival, Casale grabbed the handle of the Katana Sword. Officers ordered Casale to drop the weapon to the ground, however he continually refused. Officers then utilized a taser to stop the actions of Casale and he was taken into custody. There were no injuries during this incident. Casale was transported to Nebraska Medicine in Bellevue for medical attention. Charges are pending against Casale for the offenses of Terroristic Threats, Trespassing, Obstructing Police, Resisting Arrest, and Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony.”
From the Facebook post by police (italics added):
James Casale is known to the Bellevue Police Department, as well as, other Sarpy County Law Enforcement Agencies. He is at times a self-proclaimed sovereign citizen and routinely shows up on police calls or in areas where Officers are present and launches his drone. Casale is also known to attend Bellevue City Council meetings in the past.
“[T]he revolution starts tomorrow,” Casale allegedly told police.