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September 17, 2014

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What Las Vegas police killings show about evolving Sovereign movement

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Steve Marcus

Wal-Mart store surveillance video of shooting suspects is shown during a news conference at Metro Police headquarters Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Police provided new details on Sunday’s shooting that resulted in five deaths, including two police officers and a civilian.

The story of Jerad and Amanda Miller is bursting with clues about the killers, their objectives, beliefs, and participation in the rapidly expanding Sovereign subculture. Unfortunately, many press reports and pundits seem to be relying on outdated assumptions about the Sovereign movement that don’t take into account that the shooters were young. Sovereigns do not participate in an organized group that has a membership list or annual dues; they simply share a list of common goals, methods, symbols, and influences which can vary significantly depending on their age group.

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