But in a YouTube video, which is currently unavailable to watch in full, the leader of Rise of the Moors said that wasn’t the case with this particular group.


The Washington Post reports:

A video posted to social media Saturday morning showed a man broadcasting from I-95 near Wakefield, clad in what appeared to be tactical gear.

“We are not anti-government. We are not anti-police, we are not sovereign citizens, we’re not Black identity extremists,” said the man, who did not give his name, but said he was from a group called Rise of the Moors. “As specified multiple times to the police that we are abiding by the peaceful journey laws of the United States federal courts.”

The man said the group was on the side of the road early that morning when police approached.

“We were afraid, so we got out with our arms,” the man said. He referred to the group as a “militia” in a separate video, saying they intended to travel peacefully to Maine.


“The Peaceable Journey Law” that the group referenced in its video allows people to transport firearms through states that they don’t hold a valid permit in, as long as they are permitted–either by permit or constitutional carry–in both the state of origin and the state of their destination.

But as the Herald reports, state police asked the men for their driver’s licenses and firearm permits. They either didn’t have them or didn’t provide them.


More from the Herald:

Although State Police didn’t go into detail about their negotiation tactics beyond listening to the group’s ideas and taking their time, former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told the Herald he imagined the members surrendered because police reasoned with them that they’d be able to argue their case in court, even if they disagree with the police officers’ assessment of the situation. He said it’s normal for the police negotiators to work to “build a relationship” with these men.

While Ryan declined to go into detail about the nature of the charges facing the men, Davis speculated that they could end up facing charges relating to failing to show firearms licenses, disorderly conduct if they used “fighting words,” or disturbing the peace if the officers had to enter citizens’ businesses, yards or homes to secure the area.


I got a lot of questions here, man. A LOT of questions. Guess we’ll see if we get more answers as this whole thing continues to unfold from here.