TULSA, Okla. – An Arkansas man’s arrest in Tahlequah is going viral online and will soon be featured in a national TV show about crime.
Tahlequah police pulled over Price Rowe on April 20 for not wearing a seat belt, but according to body camera video, instead of giving the officer his license, Rowe said he didn’t recognize the officers authority and started using legal jargon and phrases.
For more than 15 minutes, the Tahlequah officer asked for Rowe’s driver’s license, and at some points even pleaded with Rowe to let him write the ticket so the two could be on their way.
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Rowe, who is seen searching the Internet on his phone for legal advice, refuses and uses language that people who identify as “sovereign citizens” use, according to police.
A sovereign citizen is a person who belongs to a movement that believes the Federal government is corrupt and the Constitution and common law are the only rules that should be enforced.
Sovereign citizens sometimes don’t even use driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, and even ZIP codes, according to the FBI.
The FBI website states sovereign citizens have been increasingly a problem for law enforcement since 2000, and at times, sovereign citizens have attacked and killed police officers.
Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King told FOX23 that Rowe did not use the words “sovereign citizen,” but he was clearly using jargon associated with the movement.
After 20 minutes, Tahlequah Fire showed up and broke out the windows to Rowe’s car where police arrested him for resisting arrest and obstructing an officer.
King said he’s proud of how calm his officers remained, and they have been trained on how to deal with people who declare themselves to be sovereign citizens.
King said it doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you are in Tahlequah city limits, state and local laws will be enforced.
The A&E TV show Live PD has requested the body camera video of the incident for use on their show.
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