An Arkansas woman who claims she's one of the Moorish owners of what is called the US is suing Massachusetts state troopers for the "genocide" they committed when they seized a gun and ammunition from her car parked outside a Middlesex County courthouse to which she drove 1,500 miles to show support for the Rise of the Moors men arrested after an armed standoff on Rte. 128 last July.
It's the latest in a barrage of lawsuits filed by Moorish sovereign citizens against law enforcement in Massachusetts over the past couple of years. About three weeks after the standoff, another Moorish sovereign citizen lost a legal battle over a 2019 traffic stop in Lowell.
Separately, a Moorish sovereign citizen from Dorchester remains in custody following his arrest in November, 2020 at the Ruggles T stop as he allegedly got off a bus there wearing a bullet-proof vest and packing a loaded pistol, three spare magazines that were also fully loaded and a knife. He is next scheduled for a court appearance in March.
In her suit, originally filed in federal court in Arkansas but transferred to US District Court in Boston this week, Iyanga Bey of Little Rock in "the Arkansas Republic" and two co-plaintiff alleges state police had no right to search her car parked outside Malden District Court, which is in Medford, on Sept. 8, while she went inside to support her fellow Moors - who claim that as citizens of an independent Moorish nation are not subject to petty American or Massachusetts laws related to gun possession, auto registration, insurance and driver's licenses.
According to the Providence Journal, her car did not have a valid license plate, which led troopers to get ready to tow it away. In Massachusetts, at least, police typically conduct an "inventory search" to account for the car's contents, which in this case Bey acknowledges included a Glock 43 9-mm gun, 16 magazines and at least 22 rounds of ammunition. She doesn't have a license for the gun and magazines, which, in Massachusetts at least, is illegal, if not under the alleged laws the Moors profess to live under. But she alleges the troopers should never have searched her car to begin with because they had no warrant.
When Bey left the courthouse, she was arrested on various charges, including unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a large-capacity feeding device and driving an uninsured and unregistered vehicle.
In her complaint, full of references to an 18th-century treaty with Morocco, the supposed independent Moorish nation that is the true owner of the land on either side of the Mississippi and that sovereign nation's Zodiac Constitution, Bey alleges she has the right to drive as she wishes and that even though she is Moorish, the Second Amendment gives her the right to possess whatever weapons she wishes - a similar argument made by the men arrested on 128 - so the troopers should have simply let her go back home to Little Rock and been snappy about it, but since they didn't and they weren't, she now demands $70 million in damages.
Complete complaint (1.2M PDF).