Rise Of The Moors co-founder was US Marine – CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – Holding a high powered rifle and bragging about his arsenal on his YouTube channel – Jamhal Latimer, also known as Jamhal Talib Abdullah Bey, the self-proclaimed leader of the Rise of the Moors – suggested he would shoot an FBI agent, telling viewers, “If the FBI tries to do an illegal search or take down me while I’m home,” Latimer then pulls his gun out. “We have slugs.”
Kenneth Gray is a former FBI Special Agent and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice at New Haven University. “Cults take a paranoid idea about their groups, that they are going to be attacked, that they are going to be attacked,” Gray said. “And adopt a defensive posture with training in the handling of weapons and that comes into direct conflict with law enforcement and leads to the arrest of people.”
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Early Saturday morning, Latimer and 10 other heavily armed suspects said they were heading to a training camp in Maine. They were arrested after keeping police at bay for more than seven hours Saturday on I-95 in Wakefield.
Latimer live streamed the event on Instagram, telling his followers he reassured police that they were going to be peaceful.
The I-Team learned that Latimer had trained in weapons handling with the US Marines. He served from 2010 to 2014 and reached the rank of sergeant. Latimer has won several medals, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. He has never been deployed overseas.
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Gray said: “Any group that may be engaged in criminal activity appears on the FBI radar screen.”
The Rise of the Moors is one of many groups of sovereign citizens who claim not to be US citizens and to be immune from its laws. Still, the group used the courts to claim an abandoned house in Pawtucket as their headquarters. And on its website, the group says it would claim other buildings for Moorish families and businesses.
He also lodged a complaint against the Providence Police for violating their rights during a conference in their temple. Experts on extremists say it is common practice for all groups of sovereign citizens.
“Don’t pay taxes,” Gray said. “Seizing properties and pretending it’s their properties, tying up people in general with bogus lawsuits. “
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The I-Team questioned the US Marines about Latimer’s discharge status, asking them if he had received a general, honorable, or dishonorable discharge. We were told he was not disclosing this information.