Gavin Eugene Long, the alleged mass murderer of police officers in Baton Rouge yesterday, was a “sovereign citizen” and “MOOR,” according to a bizarre filing in his name last year with the recorder of deeds in Jackson County, Mo.
CBS News reported Long, a Kansas City native, claimed to have been in Dallas after the July 7 ambush murders of five police officers there by Micah Xavier Johnson.
“Sovereign citizens” form an irrational belief that laws to not apply to them. African Americans who may self-identify as “sovereigns” sometimes express an affiliation with Moors or Moorishness. Long, killed after reportedly ambushing police, was African American.
Published reports have described Long as a self-identified “nutritionist, life coach, dietitian, personal trainer, author and spiritual adviser.” Three law-enforcement officers died in Baton Rouge yesterday. Three others were injured.
Some “sovereigns” have participated in HYIP schemes such as AdSurfDaily, Zeek Rewards, JustBeenPaid/JSS Tripler and DFRF Enterprises.
Visit the PP Blog’s tag archive on references to “sovereign citizens.”