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US Sheriff in Michigan says plot to kidnap governor may have been LEGAL

12:45  10 october  2020
12:45  10 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Trump says Whitmer didn't say 'thank you' after thwarted kidnapped plot. She did thank law enforcement

  Trump says Whitmer didn't say 'thank you' after thwarted kidnapped plot. She did thank law enforcement Whitmer thanked law enforcement in her press conference on Thursday but criticized Trump for his responses to hate groups.Seven additional people are also facing state charges pursuant to Michigan's anti-terrorism act in connection to the alleged plot.

Dar Leaf, the purported sheriff of Barry County in Michigan , is a dolt with a penchant for boldness when it comes to said doltiness. "And they say 'a plot to kidnap ' and you gotta remember that, are they trying to kidnap ? Because a lot of people are angry with the governor and they want her arrested.

Sheriff Leaf insisted that two of the men accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. - Thirteen men, including members of two right-wing militias, have been arrested for plotting to kidnap Michigan At the mid- May rally, Leaf said the governor 's quarantine measures were akin to the mass arrest of the

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A sheriff in Michigan has proposed that the alleged militiamen charged with plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer may have been planning to make a legal citizen's arrest.

Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf in May took the stage at an anti-lockdown rally with William Null, who with his twin brother Michael Null is among the 13 charged in the kidnapping plot.

'It's just a charge, and they say a 'plot to kidnap' and you got to remember that. Are they trying to kidnap?' Leaf told WXMI-TV on Thursday.

AG: Michigan governor, family were moved as plotters tracked

  AG: Michigan governor, family were moved as plotters tracked LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her family were at times moved around by authorities as law enforcement tracked the men who allegedly plotted for months to kidnap her, Michigan's attorney general said Friday. Dana Nessel disclosed the detail to “CBS This Morning." She said the Democratic governor was consistently updated about the investigation over the past couple months. “She was aware of things that were happening," NesselDana Nessel disclosed the detail to “CBS This Morning." She said the Democratic governor was consistently updated about the investigation over the past couple months.

A Michigan county sheriff is withholding judgment of the men arrested in a plot to kidnap the governor , including a member of the group he appeared with on a So are they trying to arrest or was it a kidnap attempt? Because you can still in Michigan if it’s a felony, make a felony arrest,” Leaf said .

The authorities in Michigan revealed on Thursday what they said was a detailed plot to abduct Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ahead of the presidential election, a plan The men had referred to the governor in vulgar terms, the authorities said , and seemed to be motivated by a belief that she was a “tyrant” who

'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? Because you can still in Michigan if it's a felony, make a felony arrest,' Leaf said.

a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf has proposed that the alleged militiamen charged with plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer may have been planning to make a legal citizen's arrest © Provided by Daily Mail Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf has proposed that the alleged militiamen charged with plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer may have been planning to make a legal citizen's arrest a group of people holding wine glasses: In May, Sheriff Leaf (far right) appeared on stage with William Null (far left) at an anti-lockdown rally in Grand Rapids, protesting Governor Whitmer's stay-at-home orders © Provided by Daily Mail In May, Sheriff Leaf (far right) appeared on stage with William Null (far left) at an anti-lockdown rally in Grand Rapids, protesting Governor Whitmer's stay-at-home orders

Leaf then cited the Michigan state law that allows private citizens to make an arrest if they witness a felony, or if in fact a felony has been committed. He did not suggest what felony Whitmer could be guilty of.

'Trump is not your friend dude': Video shows man involved in alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer espousing anti-Trump views

  'Trump is not your friend dude': Video shows man involved in alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer espousing anti-Trump views One of the men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can be seen in a video posted on social media calling President Trump a “tyrant” and government workers “your enemy.” © Provided by Washington Examiner “Trump is not your friend, dude,” alleged kidnapper Brandon Caserta says in a video with an anarchist flag hanging in the background. “It amazes me that people actually, like, believe that when he’s shown over and over and over again that he’s a tyrant. Every single person that works for government is your enemy, dude.

Officials Call Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor ‘Elaborate’. Authorities in Michigan announced that six Those were among the plots described by federal and state officials in Michigan on Thursday as Demonstrators gathered outside of the State Capitol in Lansing in May to protest Ms. Whitmer’s

The FBI says it has thwarted a plot to abduct and overthrow Michigan 's Democratic Governor Image copyright Antrim County Sheriff ’s Office. Image caption Top (L-R): Adam Fox, Brandon Media captionOfficials say the alleged plot involved kidnapping Mrs Whitmer from her holiday home. Numerous violent incidents have been linked to citizen militia groups across the US in recent years.

'It doesn't say if you are an elected office that you're exempt from that arrest,' Leaf said.

'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 till proven guilty so I'm not even sure if they had any part of it,' the sheriff added.

What is Michigan's law on citizen's arrest?

764.16 Arrest by private person; situations.

Sec. 16. A private person may make an arrest—in the following situations:

(a) For a felony committed in the private person's presence.

(b) If the person to be arrested has committed a felony although not in the private person's presence.

(c) If the private person is summoned by a peace officer to assist the officer in making an arrest.

(d) If the private person is a merchant, an agent of a merchant, an employee of a merchant, or an independent contractor providing security for a merchant of a store and has reasonable cause to believe that the person to be arrested has violated section 356c or 356d of the Michigan penal code, Act No. 328 of the Public Acts of 1931, being sections 750.356c and 750.356d of the Michigan Compiled Laws, in that store, regardless of whether the violation was committed in the presence of the private person.

Accused militia members arraigned on domestic terrorism charges in Michigan

  Accused militia members arraigned on domestic terrorism charges in Michigan Accused militia members arraigned on domestic terrorism charges in Michigan(Reuters) - Six men arrested on suspicion of taking part in a plot by armed extremists to kidnap Michigan's governor have been arraigned on domestic terrorism and weapons charges, while a seventh awaits extradition from South Carolina, authorities said on Friday.

JUST WATCHED. FBI thwarted plot to kidnap Michigan governor . Six people were charged federally with conspiracy to kidnap , and seven other people, associated with the militia group "We notified the National Security Council after the suspects had been arrested," the source said .

Attorney general Dana Nessel said the Democratic governor was informed about the plot and Whitmer blames Trump after FBI 'foils plot ' to kidnap Michigan governor . The FBI was able to “At times, she and her family had been moved around as a result of activities that law enforcement was

The law was enacted in 1927 and last amended in 1988.

Leaf said that he knew the Null brothers from multiple anti-lockdown events, and knew them as very nice and respectful.

'The two gentlemen that I know of from my county, were they involved in that? I don't know. They're innocent till proven guilty. And we really, really should be careful, trying to try them in the media,' Leaf said.

Leaf's office was not involved in the federal investigation of the alleged kidnapping plot, and said that he did not know the details of the case.

'I haven't read everything up on it, I've got other duties to do, it wasn't our investigation,' he said. 'I was shocked, did not see this coming with those guys, but still we can't convict them in the media here, they do have a right to a fair trial.'

In May, Leaf appeared alongside William Null on stage at an anti-lockdown protest in Grand Rapids. He said he had no regrets and that the defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

Leaf's remarks provoked furious reaction, including from Michigan's attorney general, Dana Nessel, who called his comments 'dangerous.'

One piece of alleged extremist plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included a 'plan to target and kill police'

  One piece of alleged extremist plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included a 'plan to target and kill police' Law enforcement is on high alert in Michigan as alleged plot involving alleged anti-government activists included targeting police."We're cautious. We're absolutely more careful," said First Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police. "This is one of the tactics these anti-government, domestic terrorism groups use. Law enforcement is the face of the government. if you're mad at the government, you're mad at the police.

Commenting on the thwarted extremist plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, leftist reporter Bragman tweeted on Thursday night, following news of the FBI revealing the kidnap plot in The journalist was swiftly branded an “apologist” for racists. “Just say you support white terrorism.

Thirteen people have been arrested in a sweeping takedown of plots to kidnap the Michigan Governor , attack the state capitol building The group aimed to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who has traded barbs with Republican President Donald Trump over her response to the

'As Michigan’s top law enforcement official, let me make this abundantly clear-Persons who are not sworn, licensed members of a law enforcement agency cannot and should not “arrest” government offficials with whom they have disagreements. These comments are dangerous,' Nessel said in a tweet.

In a follow-up interview with the Fox affiliate, Leaf tried to clarify his remarks.

'I don't want anybody to think I'm sympathetic toward these charges, right?' Leaf said. 'These are very, very serious charges. What I don't want is to be trying it in the media, and we mess it up in the justice system somewhere, because they can't get a fair trial.'

Asked if he was defending the alleged actions of the defendants, he responded: 'Absolutely not, I'm defending the law.'

graphical user interface, text, application: Michigan's attorney general, Dana Nessel, called Leaf's remarks 'dangerous' © Provided by Daily Mail Michigan's attorney general, Dana Nessel, called Leaf's remarks 'dangerous' a close up of a person: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wears a mask with the word © Provided by Daily Mail Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wears a mask with the word

The accused in the case were described by prosecutors as members or associates of an anti-government militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen, and were taken into custody late on Wednesday as part of a joint state-federal investigation.

They are accused of conspiring to abduct Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who has clashed sharply with Republican U.S. President Donald Trump over her COVID-19 public health orders.

Sheriff spoke in defense of accused domestic terrorists

  Sheriff spoke in defense of accused domestic terrorists 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.

Prosecutors say the men also sought to single out law enforcement officers for intimidation, made threats of violence to incite civil unrest, and trained for an operation to storm the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing and take government officials hostage.

'Clearly this was not just talk,' Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a CBS News interview on Friday. 'These were many overt actions. And so we thought it was time to move in before anybody lost their lives.'

a group of people wearing costumes: William Null (R) stands in the gallery of the Michigan Senate Chamber during the American Patriot Rally to demand the reopening of businesses on April 30 © Provided by Daily Mail William Null (R) stands in the gallery of the Michigan Senate Chamber during the American Patriot Rally to demand the reopening of businesses on April 30 a group of people in uniform standing in front of a building: Michael Null (L) takes part in the American Patriot Rally, organized by Michigan United for Liberty, to demand the reopening of businesses on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol © Provided by Daily Mail Michael Null (L) takes part in the American Patriot Rally, organized by Michigan United for Liberty, to demand the reopening of businesses on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol

Nessel said the governor was informed of the investigation and briefed on developments over the past couple of months.

'At times, she and her family had been moved around as a result of activities that law enforcement was aware of,' Nessel added.

Each of the seven men named in criminal complaints filed by Nessel's office is charged with providing material support for terrorist acts and possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony - both punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Two of them - Pete Musico, 46, and Joseph Morrison, 26 - were additionally charged with belonging to a criminal gang and with committing a threat of terrorism. At their arraignment on Thursday, Musico and Morrison were each ordered to remain jailed on a $10 million cash bond, the attorney general's office said in a statement.

Eighth person charged in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor

  Eighth person charged in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor A Wisconsin man was charged on Thursday for his alleged involvement in a plot to raid the Michigan state Capitol building in Lansing and kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D).Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that Brian Higgins was arrested in his home state on Thursday and will be extradited to Michigan to be arraigned. He is charged with providing material support for an act of terrorism for aiding in the alleged plot to kidnap her. Higgins, 51, is accused of providing physical assistance in the plan to kidnap Whitmer from her vacation home, according to the affidavit.

Bond for each of the four others was set at $250,000. Michigan prosecutors are working to extradite the seventh defendant from South Carolina, where he was arrested, the statement said. He, too, is charged with gang membership.

a group of people standing in a room: Michael Null (R) and William Null (L) arrive the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan for an anti-lockdown protest in April © Provided by Daily Mail Michael Null (R) and William Null (L) arrive the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan for an anti-lockdown protest in April a group of people walking in a park: Michael Null (2nd L) and William Null (C) arrive at the April rally at Michigan's capitol © Provided by Daily Mail Michael Null (2nd L) and William Null (C) arrive at the April rally at Michigan's capitol

Various additional pretrial court proceedings were set for later this month, but no mention was made of any pleas being entered.

In addition to the seven suspects held on state charges, six men were arrested on federal charges of conspiring to kidnap the governor, for which they could face life in prison if convicted.

Michigan, a key swing state in the 2020 presidential race, became a focus of agitation earlier this year by Trump and his supporters, including various militia groups, who opposed strict stay-at-home orders imposed by Whitmer to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

At least three of the defendants charged by the state were among hundreds of protesters, many carrying weapons, who entered the Michigan capitol on April 30 as state lawmakers debated Whitmer's request to extend her emergency public health authority. Photos show all three men were armed.

Both Whitmer and Nessel accused Trump of inflammatory rhetoric that they said has fostered a climate of racism and political extremism. Trump lashed back by calling Whitmer the 'lockdown queen' while denying he was encouraging violence or racism.

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Berens agreed the government had probable cause to charge the six defendants, despite objections by defense lawyers.This is what the prosecution argued in court Friday in convincing a judge to order six men to stand trial on charges they plotted for months to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer because they were angry over her lockdown order.

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