Moorish American Arms Group have a Moroccan flag and claim to be American nationals but not US citizens. Meaning, they are expressed some sort of revolt against the US. But question is, why this sudden emergence of this group, when the United States is facing challenges posed by COVID as well as unimaginable flow of illegal migrants? Moreover, then the group members are proclaiming themselves as “Americans” by holding Moroccan flags and denouncing rejecting to proclaim themselves as the citizen of the US, it may even be seen as a sudden rise of anti-US sentiment or those migrants from Morocco finally attempting to proclaim the US as part of Morocco, or it may even show the disturbing trend of when everyone in the American continent may start considering United States also a land where they can enforce their rights, including right to free entry.
Suddenly, the news about Moorish American Arms Group is dominating the US media in particular as well as global media outlets. Although the state and local police have not officially identified the group which is responsible for the partial closure of the interstate, several news outlets have identified them as the ‘Moorish American Arms.’ According to WCVB, the group, which is also called ‘The Rise of The Moors’ posted a video on Instagram overnight showing armed members blocking the highway.
The group have a Moroccan flag and claim to be American nationals but not US citizens. They were allegedly headed from Rhode Island to Maine with camping equipment for training. The group’s website lists Jamhal Talib Abdullah Bey as the Moorish American Consular Post Head for the organization. According to his biography, he has served in the United States Marine Corps previously. “We’re not antigovernmental, we’re not anti-police, we’re not sovereign citizens, we’re not Black-identity extremists,” he said during a live-streamed video posted to YouTube Saturday morning, according to Mass Live. “Police seen us on the side of the road with our guns secured. We were afraid so we got with our arms.”
Who is Jahmal Latimer alias Talib Abdulla Bey?
Meanwhile, media reports claim, the team sources say Jahmal Latimer, also known as Talib Abdulla Bey, is the self-proclaimed head of “Rise Of The Moors”, a group of the heavily-armed men who were arrested on Route 95 in Wakefield. Latimer posted a YouTube video last month showing him racking a gun and bragging that he had three.
WBZ-TV security analyst and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says the group “identified police and anybody who wanted to place them under arrest as terrorists, and they talked about tactically attacking police officers who were attempting to do their duty.”
Latimer live-streamed the standoff with the State Police, and online says he is the Moorish American Consular Post Head, part of the Moorish American Arms, and co-founder of Rise Of The Moors, which the website says is a non-profit educational group in Rhode Island.
He also says he is the grand chief of the territory most people know as Rhode Island and says he and his followers are not citizens, but are American nationals. The group flies the Moroccan flag and told police they were going to training camp in Maine.
“You can just attribute to rhetoric. What they are saying after they get caught is simply an attempt to position themselves publicly as poor, unfortunate people that are just exercising their constitutional rights. This is a thin veil over what they’re really doing, which is training as terrorists,” Davis said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says followers of the Moorish Sovereign Citizens movement believe they are independent of the authority of state and federal government.
“If you look at what happened last night, and you add to that video I just saw from a month ago, these are dangerous guys and have to be taken very seriously,” Davis tells the I-Team.
Latimer was arrested by Rhode Island State Police in early 2020 for obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.
Court records show the case is still pending.
Rhode Island Police tell WBZ-TV that they say they are well aware of the group and, along with Maine officials, are in communications with the Massachusetts State Police.
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