The Sovereign Citizen movement must seem like a dream come true to the black man. Here’s a chance to stick it to the white man’s law. Except the white man’s law isn’t bending, much less breaking.
An Indianapolis man who believes the laws don’t apply to him and once sued the state for $11.5 billion was arrested Monday after a three-hour SWAT standoff.
John Jones Bey, 52, is facing three counts of attempted murder and three counts of criminal recklessness for his alleged role in the incident that played out Monday morning in the 3400 block of Kinnear Avenue.
According to a police report of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Bey fired gunshots at three Center Township constables as they attempted to serve him an eviction order.
MPD officers responded around 9:30 a.m. Monday, and the SWAT team was called in to assist when the armed Bey refused to leave his home.
After more than three hours, Bey peacefully surrendered, police said. No one was injured during the incident, and officers at the scene recovered the handgun that Bey is accused of firing at the constables.
Bey was booked into the Marion County Jail on the preliminary charges of attempted murder and criminal recklessness. A final charging decision will be made by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to a February decision from the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, Bey considers himself a “sovereign citizen,” meaning that he does not believe the laws apply to him. He also does not believe that he can be lawfully taxed in the absence of a contract between him and the state.
Bey, who describes himself as an “Aboriginal Indigenous Moorish-American,” previously filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana what he labeled a “Writ of Mandamus.” Within it Bey was seeking to enjoin state and county officials from taxing property that he owns in Marion County.
Court documents said Bey also asked that state officials be ordered to refund the taxes that he’d paid and to compensate him for their alleged wrongs. He determined that the district court should award him $11.5 billion to cover the 40 years of taxes and the mental anguish caused by the taxation.
The court of appeals in February affirmed the decision of the district court, ruling against Bey.
As we always advise here, there are legal ways to go stealth and avoid paying at least some taxes, without resorting to illegal, fraudulent Sovereign Citizen arguments. Bone up on tax law and learn how to reduce, if not eliminate your taxes, if that’s important to you. Challenging government directly is rarely wise. Quietly withdrawing from the System is far better in terms of outcomes for you.