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Sovereign citizen suspect: 'I don't hate the police'

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David Brutsche claimed his arrest was unjust during a jailhouse interview with FOX5 on Friday. (LVMPD) David Brutsche claimed his arrest was unjust during a jailhouse interview with FOX5 on Friday. (LVMPD)

A man suspected in a plot to kidnap and execute Metro police said he has been a so-called sovereign citizen his entire life.

While police claim to have recorded hundreds of hours of evidence against him, David Brutsche claims he's done nothing wrong.

Brutsche denies plotting to kill police officers, but when asked about the dozens of meetings with undercover officers detailed in his arrest report, he didn't want to respond. According to the report, Brutsche said he "[has] the right to shoot cops."

"Do I want to kill a cop? No, I don't. But when cops are out killing people and they want to kill me, what am I going, let them kill me?" Brutsche asked in a jailhouse interview Friday.

Brutsche spoke in detail Friday of his beliefs in the sovereign citizen movement and argued that authorities need to be kept in check.

"I don't hate the police. I hate what they do a lot. It's important to understand they are violating people's rights," he said. "They are not above the law. They have to operate within the framework."

According to his arrest report, Brutsche told undercover Metro detectives that he harbors a deep hatred for law enforcement. The report claims Brutsche and his alleged accomplice, Devon Newman, planned to kidnap officers, put them in a "sovereign" jail, through a "sovereign" court and, if necessary, execute them.

Brutsche made his first court appearance on Friday, during which he held firm to his beliefs, arguing with the judge several times.

"We are very free. We can do anything we want as long as we don't injure anybody. That's essentially why I don't belong in here, because I have not injured anyone," Brutsche told FOX5.

When asked if he planned to put police officers in a makeshift jail and subject them to trial, Brutsche only said, "I think police should be put in a jail and should be tried like anyone else."

Brutsche went on to say his case is unlawful because a warrant was never issued and he hasn't been informed about the charges he faces.

Brutsche wouldn't answer questions about firearms purchases, firearms training or having recorded police officers in action.

Brutsche's bail was set at $600,000.

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