Sheriff Pal of Militia Twins: Whitmer Kidnap Plot Could’ve Been a Legal ‘Citizen’s Arrest’ Attempt
Antrim County Sheriff
Prosecutors said twins Michael and William Null are part of a militia group that has plotted to overthrow the government, kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and bring her to justice for "treason".
According to a Michigan sheriff who once stood on stage with one of the twins at an anti-Whitmer rally, they may just wanted to arrest the Democratic governor and called the bombing charges "just an indictment."
“It's just a charge and they say a 'kidnapping conspiracy' and that's something to remember. Are you trying to kidnap? Because a lot of people are angry with the governor and want her arrested. So try to arrest them or was it an attempted kidnapping? Because you can still arrest a crime in Michigan if it is a crime, "Dar Leaf, sheriff of Barry County, told Fox 17.
The Nulls are among the seven men linked to the Wolverine Watchmen militia group who were hit Thursday on several charges, including terrorist crimes, after allegedly planning to attack the state capital building in an attempt to "start a civil war." ". In addition to the twins, Paul Bellar (21), Shawn Fix (38), Eric Molitor (36), Pete Musico (42) and Joseph Morrison (42) were also charged.
The indictment went hand in hand with federal charges against six other men in an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer before election day.
"Anti-government rhetoric and the resurgence of extremist ideological groups have increased worryingly," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday. “This is more than just political disagreement or passionate advocacy. Some of these groups are simply charged with creating mayhem and causing harm to others. "
On Friday, Nessel took aim at Leaf's defense of the Zero Brothers.
"As the senior law enforcement officer in Michigan, let me make this clear: Individuals who are not sworn in, licensed law enforcement officers cannot and should not" arrest "government officials they disagree with. These comments are dangerous," she tweeted.
But Tom Siver, who represents the twins, alleged Friday the 38-year-old Michigan resident was wrongly attacked by state officials and law enforcement agencies in a "political revenge." He said the Nulls held in Antrim County Jail were "no aviation risk, they were no danger to the community at all, a request for a million dollar bond would punish them before their trial."
“At this point in time, we believe this is political revenge from the governor's office and the AG's office. If you think this is true, give us the date and time and you are late to take action, ”Siver told UpNorthLive on Friday.
However, the high bond may be tied to the severity of the allegations. Prosecutors argue the Wolverine Watchmen planned a violent attack on Whitmer and tried to spark civil war this summer with a plan to kidnap other elected officials.
The Nulls have shown their distaste for the Democratic governor and her policies in the past - and were photographed at an anti-Whitmer demonstration in the Michigan capital in April.
The twins were part of a group of militia members who stormed the capital to protest Whitmer's COVID-19 restrictions, the Detroit Free Press first reported. One photo shows the twins with a "Michigan Liberty Militia" patch that refers to one of the militarized groups that Facebook banned in August - artificial lanyards and walkie-talkies. Both are also armed with semi-automatic weapons.
Michael Null (center) and Willam Null (right) stand near the doors to the Capitol Building Chamber during a protest on April 30th.
At least one of the brothers was arrested during the event, which was attended by hundreds of demonstrators, some of whom were armed with assault rifles. They called for entry into the Senate to face lawmakers who wanted to debate an extension of the stay at home order.
In a tweet that was widespread at the time, Senator Dayna Polehanki (D) claimed that some senators had therefore worn bulletproof vests. A spokesman for the Michigan AG office confirmed on Friday that Polehanki's tweet contained one of the Null brothers.
"They never got away with these people kidding the government, we're going to take them over," Michelle Gregoire, a Michigan militia member who attended the April event, told the Detroit News. Stressing that she hit the zeros multiple times, Gregoire added that her immediate response to Thursday's indictment was, "Who the hell are the Wolverine Watchmen?"
Ryan Kelley, an organizer of the April demonstration, dubbed the American Patriot Rally, added that he was "totally surprised" by the criminal charges and admitted meeting the twins at one of the rallies - but claimed he was have no other communication. Gregorie and Kelley did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast's request for comment. The American Patriot Council, the pro-militia group that hosted the rally, also issued a statement Thursday stressing that they do not condone "violence as a form of political action".
A month later, the Nulls attended a rally in Grand Rapids in protest of Whitmer's orders - an event attended by the Barry County Sheriff as a guest speaker. In his interview with Fox on Thursday 17th, Leaf stressed that he knew nothing about the twin's alleged involvement in the conspiracy against Whitmer, but said he has no regrets sharing a stage with William Zero.
"I haven't read all about it, I have other work to do, it wasn't our investigation. I was shocked, didn't see this come with these people, but we still can't judge them here in the media, them have a right to a fair trial, ”Leaf said before suggesting to the Bonkers that a citizen arrested on this case could have been legal.
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"I think it's MCL 764.4, 764.5 somewhere over there and it doesn't say you are an officer-elect, that you are exempt from that arrest. I have to look at it from that angle and I hope it is more. Indeed are these guys innocent until proven guilty so I'm not even sure they had any part of it, ”added Leaf.
The sheriff added that the Null brothers had always been kind and respectful to him, stating that the two “gentlemen” were “innocent until proven guilty. And we should be really, really careful and try to try them out in the media. "
A neighbor of William Null, who asked for anonymity, told The Daily Beast he was "a bit surprised" to hear the 38-year-old was arrested for his involvement in the wild conspiracy. The neighbor emphasized that "there are a lot of militiamen here" and said zero is not as violent as the allegations suggest.
"I think it's hard to really know your neighbors," mused the man from West Michigan.
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