Utah man shot and killed by police during traffic stop linked to ‘sovereign citizen’ movement

A young man from Utah named Chase Allan, 25, who was shot multiple times by police during a traffic stop possibly had ties to the “sovereign citizen” movement and reportedly had a license plate on his BMW with the letters “ANS,” which stands for “American State National.”

The group believes they are “sovereign” and don’t answer to “any government authority.”

Police Chief Eric Johnsen issued a statement to Fox News Digital asserting that Allan refused to “provide identification or cooperate with the officer in any way.” He eventually pulled out a passport that he handed to an officer who proceeded to call for backup and four other police officers arrived on the scene.

On March 2, Allan reportedly refused to get out of his car and the officer opened his door to physically pull him out. That’s when all hell broke loose as Allan appeared to reach for a weapon, resulting in officers shooting and killing him.

“If you want my identification, you will be under duress, and you accept surety and trusteeship over it, and you will be responsible for any debts that you are trying to incur here,” Allan told the officer.

“You are not allowed to stop me,” Allan said. He then handed over his passport.

Bizarrely as the officer read the passport, Allan informed him, “That is not me. That is a piece of plastic paper.”

“So you have a fraudulent passport?” the officer asked the suspect, who responded, “No.”

The officer requested that Allan step out of the car, and he replied, “No, I am not required to.”

“If you don’t step out of the car, we’re going to break the window and pull you out,” the officer told him.

“We’re going to have an issue,” Allan responded to the officer. He then allegedly reached down beside him.

You can hear an officer shouting “gun, gun, gun!” Body camera footage shows the officers firing multiple times into the car at close range. According to police, there was a holster under Allan’s jacket and it had “flex movement” just before police started shooting.

The police officers rendered aid to Allan but he died at a local hospital a short time later.

Former Assistant US Attorney Neama Rahmani, who has previously prosecuted cases involving individuals connected with the “sovereign citizen” movement, told Fox News Digital that Allan had “all the telltale signs” of being part of the group.

Rahmani noted the illegitimate license plate and the exchange between the suspect and the officer as being indicative of the movement.

“They believe that the federal government’s authority is not legitimate and that the only reason that they have any authority is because people willingly or unwillingly consent to their authority,” Rahmani pointed out. “They basically opt-in. So they try to do everything they can to basically not participate in anything that is related to the federal government and actually do things like [not paying] Social Security taxes, because they believe that once you do that, then you kind of enter into this contract with the government and then you’re sort of on the hook for any laws.”

He said that people within the “sovereign nation” movement “feel that if you don’t object, then they might somehow be swept up into the overall system.”

“So they’re constantly sort of yelling and pushing back in court at the police officers and try to resist any type of federal authority,” Rahmani remarked.

The FBI claims that those who are part of the movement “clog up the court system with frivolous lawsuits and liens against public officials to harass them.” The agency asserts they “believe they don’t have to answer to any government authority, including courts, taxing entities.”

Chase Allan stood by his mother in a Davis County, Utah, courtroom on Sept. 21, 2022, when she was fighting a citation for driving with invalid license plates just as her son did.

Fox News Digital obtained audio from the courtroom where a bailiff can be heard entering the courtroom and telling Chase Allan that “we have a warrant for your arrest.”

“What warrant? What evidence? Provide probable cause,” Allan demanded.

“This is battery and assault,” he screamed as he was taken into custody. “This is treason!”

He then refused to obey the bailiffs, declaring, “I am not complying.”

His mother, Diane Allan, then called 911, claiming “someone is being assaulted” in the courtroom.

“Our rights are being violated, there has been an assault and battery,” she told the operator. “I’m at the Davis County Justice Department and I’m being assaulted! I need help. They have been placing their hands on me, forcing me to do things I don’t want to do.”

After Diane Allan was informed by the bailiff that she would be arrested if she did not hang up the phone, she left the courtroom.

(Video Credit: KUTV 2 News Salt Lake City)

Fox News Digital obtained a probable cause affidavit for Chase Allan’s Sept. 21, 2022, courtroom arrest. It stated that he “became disruptive and non-compliant” during the court hearing and added that he “refused to comply with Davis County Court Deputies and began to resist officers.” The probable cause affidavit also contends that Chase Allan refused to identify himself a number of times.

He was arrested for disorderly conduct, interfering with an officer, disrupting a meeting, manufacture/possession of burglary tools, and failure to disclose identity. Allan was released from jail the next day under certain conditions.

Allan’s family told Fox News Digital that his death was a “brutal murder,” adding that they were not notified of his passing by officials. They claim they learned that he had died from local media reports.

“Police are stonewalling us. Our family has not been permitted to see Chase and has not been contacted by authorities or justice departments with information surrounding this investigation. Chase lived at home with his parents in Farmington. Our family was not properly notified of Chase’s death as next of kin. We found out about Chase’s death along with the entirety of our community via news reporters and articles written online,” the family said.

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