Rise of the Moors sues Mass State Police, media
PROVIDENCE – Members of the Pawtucket group which identifies itself as the Rise of the Moors are suing Massachusetts State Police, the judge presiding over their criminal cases and several media outlets following their arrests earlier this month after an armed standoff with the police.
The Rise of the Moors and 10 of the men arrested on July 3 after the hour-long standoff that closed the freeway and made national headlines filed a lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island, accusing the Massachusetts State Police and others for libel, national origin discrimination, and deprivation of their rights under the guise of law.
The lawsuit challenges the jurisdiction of Massachusetts state courts over criminal matters faced by the men, who claim to be sovereign citizens of Moroccan descent and sheltered from state law. The Moors’ dossier cites the 1787 peace and friendship treaty between the Moroccan Empire and the United States.
“If state courts continue their illegal prosecutions and / or convictions, they will rape the plaintiffs [sic] civil, national and human rights â, indicates the trial.
The men claim they were exercising their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms, as well as their inalienable right to have a well-regulated militia at the time of their arrests.
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According to a police report, a Massachusetts state soldier encountered the men at around 1:10 a.m. on Route 95 North in Wakefield, where they had pulled two pickup trucks into the recovery lane.
They explained that they refueled by the side of the road because they did not want to alert the public late at night as the men were wearing camouflage uniforms, helmets and bulletproof vests and carried weapons.
Their self-identified leader, Jamhal Tavon Sanders Latimer, also known as Jamhal Talib Abdullah Bey, told police it was a militia traveling from Rhode Island to Maine for training.
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Latimer refused the officer’s request to put the guns away, saying putting the guns away would violate his Second Amendment rights. “I will stay armed for my safety just as you are going to stay armed for yours,” he said, according to a police report.
The men did not provide evidence that they had licenses to carry the guns, Latimer reportedly told officers, “You don’t need a license in Rhode Island to own a rifle,” according to the report. report.
After several hours of negotiations, Latimer and the others surrendered and disarmed, police said. Police said they recovered three AR-15 rifles, two pistols, a bolt-action rifle, a shotgun and a short-barreled shotgun as well as hundreds of rounds.
A total of 11 men, aged 17 to 40, from Rhode Island, New York and Michigan, were arrested. Two of the men refused to identify themselves and a third was a 17-year-old whose name will not be released because he is a minor, police said.
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They face charges which include illegal possession of a firearm, eight counts; illegal possession of ammunition; using a bulletproof vest to commit a crime; possession of a large capacity charger; improper storage of firearms in a vehicle; and conspiracy to commit a crime.
The group members made a chaotic appearance on July 8 before Malden District Court Judge Emily A. Karstetter, with calls for treason and “Free the Moors” punctuating the hearing. Karstetter is named defendant in the federal Moors lawsuit.
Arrest warrants have since been issued in Rhode Island for two of the men, Quinn Cumberlander, 40, and Latimer, 29, both of Pawtucket. The two men remain in detention in Massachusetts.
Cumberlander, who claimed “foreign national” status in a court appearance last week, faces three counts of providing false information to purchase a gun. Authorities allege Cumberlander, of Pawtucket, provided a false address in several attempts to purchase firearms from a dealer in Warwick. They say he asked to buy guns three times in 2021, but was turned down. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $ 5,000.
Latimer is accused of violating his bail following his arrest by Rhode Island State Police in March 2020 on charges of resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct.
The lawsuit, which Latimer launched from the Middlesex House of Corrections, names soldiers from the state of Massachusetts as accused as well as media outlets that include AT&T News Media, owner of CNN; Comcast NBC Universal News Media; Viacom news media; Information society information media; and CBS News Media.
U.S. District Court Chief Justice John J. McConnell Jr. presides over the case.