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Crime Michigan Sheriff Suggests Men Charged with Governor's Attempted Kidnapping Could Have Been Planning a Citizen's Arrest Instead

00:15  10 october  2020
00:15  10 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said six people had been charged with plotting to kidnap Whitmer as part of a plan to overthrow the state’ s “ Governor Whitmer is sowing division by making these outlandish allegations. America stands united against hate and in support of our federal law

Fox, from Michigan , is now facing a potential life sentence, along with five other men , for an elaborate plan to kidnap the state’ s Democratic governor , Gretchen Whitmer, and put her on trial for “treason”, according to the FBI. Six people charged in plot to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer.

A sheriff in Michigan suggested on Thursday that two of the individuals who were arrested for their alleged involvement in a plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer may have actually been planning a citizen's arrest.

a group of people walking in a park: Michael Null (2nd L) and William Null (C) arrive at the American Patriot Rally, organized by Michigan United for Liberty, to demand the reopening of businesses on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, on April 30, 2020. After 13 men, including the Null brothers, were arrested for allegedly plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Michigan sheriff suggested the plan may have been to arrest Whitmer rather than kidnap her. © JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images Michael Null (2nd L) and William Null (C) arrive at the American Patriot Rally, organized by Michigan United for Liberty, to demand the reopening of businesses on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, on April 30, 2020. After 13 men, including the Null brothers, were arrested for allegedly plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Michigan sheriff suggested the plan may have been to arrest Whitmer rather than kidnap her.

Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf told WXMI-TV that he was not directly involved with the investigation but was surprised that charges had been filed against brothers William and Michael Null, two of the individuals who allegedly contributed to the plot.

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Thirteen men have been arrested on federal or state charges stemming from the kidnapping conspiracy, including The men allegedly planned to set off a bomb nearby as a diversionary tactic. In addition to the men arrested on federal statutes, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel

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"I was shocked. I did not see this coming for those guys," Leaf said. He added that the Null brothers should not be convicted in the media before they are found guilty in court and questioned whether they were actually involved in a plan to kidnap Whitmer.

"Are they trying to kidnap? Because a lot of people are angry with the governor, and they want her arrested. So are they trying to arrest, or was it a kidnap attempt," Leaf said. "In Michigan, if it's a felony, you can make a felony arrest," he added, referencing a state law that allows private citizens to make arrests in certain circumstances.

"It doesn't say if you are in elected office that you are exempt from that arrest," Leaf said. "So I have to look at it from that angle, and I'm hoping that's more what it is. In fact, these guys are innocent until proven guilty, so I'm not even sure if they had any part in it."

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The AG then explained that the charges are still subject to change once federal law enforcement officials review all the evidence collected during a raid of 24-year-old Ty More on the ideology of one of the men who was busted by the FBI for a plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has become a target of coronavirus lockdown sceptics. Officials say the kidnapping plot involved six men who planned to hold a "treason trial" for her. Media captionOfficials say the alleged plot involved kidnapping Mrs Whitmer from her holiday home.

According to the law Leaf referenced, a "private person" can arrest another individual in a limited number of circumstances, including if the individual commits a felony in their presence or is known to have committed a felony.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the charges against the Null brothers on Thursday. According to a news release from Nessel's office, she brought 19 state felony charges against seven people connected to the militia group Wolverine Watchmen, and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Andrew Birge also brought federal felony charges against six people as part of the multi-agency investigation.

Both of the Null brothers allegedly "aided in the physical surveillance of the governor's private vacation home" and were charged with "providing material support for terrorist acts," which Nessel's office said was a felony that could result in either 20 years behind bars or a $20,000 fine. They also face felony firearms charges related to their alleged activity, according to the release.

Nessel said there has recently been a "disturbing" resurgence of extremist groups and added, "These groups often seek to recruit new members by seizing on a moment of civil unrest and using it to advance their agenda of self-reliance and armed resistance."

At least one of the Null brothers was visible onstage as Leaf spoke at an event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, earlier this year in protest of Whitmer's stay-at-home orders, which were targeted by several protests throughout the spring. During his speech, Leaf compared Whitmer's order to mass arrests, according to MLive.com.

Nessel's office declined Newsweek's request for comment.

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Local Sheriff Dar Leaf said the alleged plot against Michigan's governor could be legal if it was to arrest her, not kidnap her.On May 18, the FBI was months into investigating an alleged terror plot targeting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. On that day, a local sheriff was sharing a protest stage with one of the men who would be charged with providing material support to terrorist acts.

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