So blogging will have to wait
Update: On 495 on my way to check out a 2005 Buick LeSabre (Yes I know they haven’t made them since 2005 but I LIKE Buick LeSabres and will buy them when available) when I noted the traffic was much heavier on 495 then I expected on the way down and the northbound lanes were even worse on the why home. Here’s why (via Citizen Free Press)
I’ve never heard of their group, here is what Citizen Free Press had:
A group identifying as Rise of the Moors posted multiple videos since the initial police interaction.
Jamhal Talib Abdullah Bey is identified on the group’s website as the Moorish American Consular for the organization. His biography on the group’s website lists him as having served in the United States Marine Corps.
“We’re not anti-government, we’re not anti-police, we’re not sovereign citizens, we’re not Black-identity extremists,” he said during a livestreamed video posted to YouTube Saturday morning.
“Police seen us on the side of the road with our guns secured. We were afraid so we got out with our arms.”
Afraid and armed is usually a volatile combination, here is an ABC piece on the subject:
The incident unfolded around 1:30 a.m. when a state trooper came across a group of 8 to 10 people refueling on the side of the I-95 highway in Wakefield, a suburb of Boston. The group was dressed in military-style uniforms, carried tactical gear like body cameras and helmets and had long guns slung over their shoulders.
They told officials they were on their way to Maine from Rhode Island for “training,” Col. Christopher Mason said.
Officials said they made two initial arrests and the rest of the group, which calls itself “Moorish American Arms,” fled into a wooded area. As a result, a stretch of I-95 was closed and shelter-in-place orders were set for people who live nearby.
Police negotiators talked to those hiding in the woods throughout the early morning.
“We’re trying to successfully and peacefully resolve this,” Mason said early Saturday.
To my understanding no shots were fired, nobody was hurt and everyone involved had been pretty much minding their own business but that being said it’s the job of police to investigate the unusual and this certainly qualifies.
I have no idea what the arrests were for ( I presume violation of Massachusetts firearms laws which are rather tough) or how this will play out but it will be interesting to see how the national media play this.