‘Rise of the Moors’: Who Are They And What Are They About?

A group was arrested along I-95 In Wakefield, MA after a standoff with police

Jamhal Talib Abdullah Bey, in his Marine Corps uniform - Credit:


For hours on Saturday, an armed group of men, members of the Rise of the Moors, faced off with police, bringing traffic to a halt on Interstate-95 in Wakefield.

The incident, which prompted police to tell nearby residents to shelter in place, ended peacefully, with the arrest of the 10 men and one juvenile.

They are all members of a “Moorish sovereign citizens” group whose members say they belong to their own sovereign nation, The Washington Post reports. That belief means they are not subject to U.S. laws, members say.

The suspects, who were due in court on Tuesday to face numerous charges, are from around the country, including Rhode Island, New York, and Michigan, according to Massachusetts State Police.

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