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Rise of the Moors members convicted for roles in Massachusetts conflict in 2021
Rise of the Moors members convicted for roles in Massachusetts conflict in 2021

WOBURN – Two men who claimed to be part of the Rise of the Moors group have been found guilty for their role in the 2021 standoff on I-95 in Massachusetts.

Jamhal Latimer was found guilty of illegal possession of a high capacity weapon, illegal possession of a high capacity feeding device, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a shotgun or rifle, improper storage of a rifle or shotgun near a minor, using or wearing body armor during the commission of a felony, and illegal possession of ammunition. Steven Anthony Perez was found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm and using or wearing body armor during the commission of a felony.

Armed standoff on I-95

In July 2021, I-95 closed in Wakefield for more than eight hours when the group became involved in an armed standoff with Massachusetts State Police. The group claimed they were en route from Rhode Island to “train” in Maine and their cars were packed with camping equipment.

Latimer, who claimed he was the leader of the group, was live-streamed on social media during the incident. He said the group was not anti-government, anti-police or anti-sovereign citizens. The Middlesex County District Attorney said the 11 members of the group were all wearing camouflage clothing and body armor, and Latimer was armed with an AR rifle. Police said the others were also armed with weapons and none of them had a gun license.

Who are the Rise of the Moors?

The Southern Poverty Law Center says supporters of the Moorish sovereign citizens The movement believes it is independent of the authority of the state and federal governments. According to their website, the group is based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. They say their goal is to “inform all Moors of their political status here in the United States.”

By Aurora