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Who are sovereign citizens?

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"Sovereign citizens is a loose network of people...who don't believe in federal control, federal laws... they really believe in individual freedom," said Robert Futrell, Professor at UNLV's Department of Sociology.

Futrell co-authored American Swastika, Inside the White Power Movement's Hidden Spaces of Hate.

"Some of these folks in this loose network are connected to otherwise more violent cultures, white power culture, particular Christian identity movements," said Futrell.

While Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols identified himself with the sovereign citizen movement, Futrell said most sovereign citizens are involved in non-violent protests.

"Opposing issues like drug charges, traffic violations, that sort of thing," Futrell told FOX5.

Futrell said most would not condone a plan like David Brutsche and Devon Newman wanted to carry out against Las Vegas Metro police and other Southern Nevada Law Enforcement officers.

"I think most people who identify with the sovereign citizens would not go to the extreme that these two have been alleged to," Futrell said.

In May, FOX5 profiled a sovereign citizen group who was recording police activities in southern Nevada.

One of those members was Rick, who didn't want to give his last name.

He released this statement to FOX5 about the recent arrests of Brutsche and Newman, stating in part:

"Metro duped these two into 'saying things'. That was it. No one was hurt. Metro played them like a fiddle. Metro started it and finished it. Metro has little real job to do so they make "criminals" out of regular people, and citizens to justify their paychecks to public and make the public think we need them to make us safe."

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