WATCH: Routine Traffic Stop Ends With Police Shooting Driver, Now Scary Details Emerge

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 18 March 2023 02:15
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A Utah man shot multiple times by police officers during a traffic stop on March 2 has been connected to the sovereign citizen movement, a group of people who believe they are "sovereign" from the United States and do not have to answer to any government authority.

Farmington, Utah, police officers stopped 25-year-old Chase Allan after spotting an illegitimate license plate on the BMW he was driving. The license plate read "Notice, private automobile not for hire" and had the letters "ASN," standing for American State National. Police Chief Eric Johnsen reported that Allan refused to provide identification or cooperate with the officer. After multiple refusals, Allan eventually handed over his passport. When the officer called for backup, four other officers arrived.

According to Johnsen, after exhausting all attempts to convince Allan to exit the car voluntarily, an officer opened the car door and attempted to remove him physically. When one officer reached to pull Allan out of the car, a separate officer yelled, "gun, gun, gun!" Body camera footage showed multiple shots fired at Allan. Police say a holster was under Allan's jacket and that the "holster has flex movement" just before police began shooting. Officers attempted to render aid to Allan, but he later died at a local hospital.

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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Neama Rahmani, who has prosecuted cases involving people associated with the sovereign citizen movement, told Fox News Digital that Allan displayed "all the telltale signs" of being part of the movement. Rahmani pointed to his illegitimate license plate and exchange between Allan and the officer, where Allan said, "If you want my identification, you will be under duress, and you accept surety and trusteeship over it, and you will be responsible for any debts that you are trying to incur here."

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"They believe that the federal government's authority is not legitimate and that the only reason that they have any authority is because people willingly or unwillingly consent to their authority," Rahmani said. "They basically opt in. So they try to do everything they can to basically not participate in anything that is related to the federal government and actually do things like Social Security taxes, because they believe that once you do that, then you kind of enter into this contract with the government and then you're sort of on the hook for any laws."

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation describes people within the sovereign citizen movement as "clogging up the court system with frivolous lawsuits and liens against public officials to harass them." The FBI also notes that people who subscribe to the movement "believe they don’t have to answer to any government authority, including courts, taxing entities."

This was not Allan's first encounter with law enforcement. He was with his mother in a Davis County, Utah courtroom on September 21, 2022, when she was fighting a citation for driving with invalid license plates. During the hearing, a bailiff entered the courtroom and told Allan that they had a warrant for his arrest. Allan asked for probable cause, and the exchange escalated into his being taken into custody for disorderly conduct, interfering with an officer, disrupting a meeting, manufacturing/possession of burglary tools, and failure to disclose identity.

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Allan's family released a statement to Fox News Digital, claiming that his death was a "brutal murder" and criticizing the police for not notifying them of his passing. "Police are stonewalling us. Our family has not been permitted to see Chase and has not been contacted by authorities or justice departments with information surrounding this investigation. Chase lived at home with his parents in Farmington. Our family was not properly notified of Chase’s death as next of kin. We found out about Chase’s death along with the entirety of our community via News Reporters and Articles written online," the family said.

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