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Sovereign Citizens: Keys for caution with these high-risk subjects

Members of the Sovereign Citizens movement “openly reject their citizenship status and claim to exist beyond the realm of government authority”

Bob Paudert is convinced his son and a fellow officer would still be alive if they’d known the special red flags to watch for during a traffic stop of a mini-van carrying a father and son with a virulent loathing for governmental authority — and an AK-47 to back it up.

Paudert, until recently the chief of police for West Memphis, Ark., was on his way out of town for a getaway weekend with his wife when they heard the radio call of two officers down nearly two years ago. U-turning back, the Pauderts were among the first on the scene where one West Memphis officer, Bill Evans, lay facedown in a watery ditch, shot 11 times alongside an off-ramp of Interstate 40.

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