This Southern Poverty Law Center video was created to help law enforcement agencies better prepare for encounters with "sovereign citizens." In the case of two West Memphis, Ark., police officers, Brandon Paudert and Bill Evans, a routine traffic stop of father-and-son sovereign citizen duo Jerry and Joe Kane in May proved fatal when son Joe, 16, leaped from the car firing an AK-47, cutting down both officers. The Kanes died in a shootout with police an hour later in a Wal-Mart parking lot after wounding two more officers. SPLC estimates that as many as 300,000 people may consider themselves sovereign citizens — and the number is growing.
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The ongoing drug war between the Mexico/US border continues to affect citizens on both sides of the fence. Although many Americans are quick to blame Mexico for the border crime, an analysis by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals that four out of five people arrested by US Border Patrol are American citizens. For more on these findings, editor for Tijuana Press Vicente Calderon joins us with more from the border.
Two Ithaca, New York, residents have been released on bond after refusing to answer questions about their immigration status as they attempted to board a domestic flight in Texas. Omar Figueredo and Nancy Morales were stopped twice by Border Patrol agents before they could proceed to a security checkpoint at an airport in Brownsville. Both times they refused to disclose their citizenship status. The first time, they missed their flight. After returning a second time and refusing to answer again, they were arrested by police and held for roughly seven hours. They documented both incidents on video. Democracy Now! spoke with Omar Figueredo after he was released on Tuesday.
Omar Figueredo: "What I was really trying to accomplish was to put into question the authority that the Border Patrol has to harass and to force people to answer questions that they don't have to answer when they're traveling within the 60-to-100-mile border zone in the U.S."
Both Omar Figueredo and Nancy Morales are U.S. citizens. Omar said his action was part of a larger trend of people refusing to answer what they say are unwarranted and racially targeted questions at Border Patrol checkpoints, and then uploading video footage online.
According to some estimates the United States throws away 165 billion dollars worth of food each year. Now, a group of retired people are trying to use some of that unwanted food to help the poor. Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Sacramento, California.
Angry crowds have gathered outside Cyprus' parliament, as politicians inside try to come up with a new plan to save its economy.
The Cypriot parliament have until March 25 to clinch a deal with lenders.
If the parliament fails to come up with a plan, the European Central Bank will cut off emergency funds, which it's feared will cause its banking sector to collapse.
Al Jazeera's Peter Sharp reports from Nicosia.