Local activists are seeking answers after Seattle City Hall failed to publicly address Wednesday night’s protests, local KOMO News reported.
Just hours after President Biden took office, a group of about 100 people marched in the Emerald City, where police said windows were broken at a federal courthouse and officers arrested three people.
The crowd called for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and, outside the federal immigration court, several people set fire to an American flag, The Seattle Times reported.
That knock on your door? It might be someone attempting to take your home.Police in suburbs north of Seattle say so-called “sovereign citizens” have been visiting homes in at least two communities, presenting homeowners with official-looking documents, and announcing that they’re the rightful owners.
In at least one case, a homeowner was told she was being evicted, Seattle’s KIRO-TV reported.
“Their group believes they own all of the land between Alaska and Argentina and all the islands in between,” Sgt. Josh McClure of the Edmonds Police Department told the station. “Unfortunately, Edmonds falls between that land.”The group has been known to operate in other parts of the U.S. as well, according to the report.
In North Carolina, a couple took over a multimillion-dollar home that had been put up for sale and barricaded themselves inside – until ultimately being arrested for trespassing.
In Maryland, a member of the group moved into a 12-bedroom mansion.
Authorities in Edmonds and Woodway — both in Washington state’s Snohomish County – have been in contact with the FBI about the incidents there, McClure told KIRO.