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Black nationalists declare ‘legal residency’ in Newark woman’s home, police disagree

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6/25/2021 Brian Niemietz

A Newark homeowner called in police last week after four Black nationalists moved into a new home she was renovating and declared that as sovereign citizens of the Al Moroccan Empire, “their status permitted them access to the property,” authorities said.

NBC News reports that the four men, who’d changed the locks on the Ivy Street house, agreed to leave, but one of them returned a short time later to reclaim the property that had been purchased by an unidentified woman in February.

Hubert A. John, a 39-year-old man from Los Angeles, reportedly stepped over the woman while she was on her porch, hung a red Moorish flag over one of the house’s windows, then made himself at home.

“He saged the house, he left the sage bundle on the ground,” the flabbergasted woman told NBC. “He had food, bagels, some organic drinks and a yoga mat.”

a man looking at the camera: Hubert A. John, pictured, a 39-year-old man from Los Angeles, reportedly stepped over the woman while she was on her porch, hung a red Moorish flag over one of the house’s windows, then made himself at home. © Provided by New York Daily News Hubert A. John, pictured, a 39-year-old man from Los Angeles, reportedly stepped over the woman while she was on her porch, hung a red Moorish flag over one of the house’s windows, then made himself at home.

Hubert A. John, pictured, a 39-year-old man from Los Angeles, reportedly stepped over the woman while she was on her porch, hung a red Moorish flag over one of the house’s windows, then made himself at home.

Weeks earlier, the homeowner said she’d gotten papers in the mail from the Al Moroccan Empire Consulate claiming rights to her property. She described the documents as “a lot of words and a lot stuff that really don’t mean anything.”

The homeowner knew something was wrong when a neighbor recently told her that they had met her husband. She’s not married.

Police returned to the house to deal with John, who was adamant about staying. The SWAT team reportedly negotiated with John for an hour before going into the house and carrying him out “like a piece of plywood,” the homeowner said.

NBC said John was arrested, though his whereabout now are unclear.

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Al Moroccan Empire as a part of the anti-government “Moorish sovereigns,” also called “Moors,” who are known to violently clash with law enforcement.

According to the SPLC, “Moorish sovereigns believe their status as members of a sovereign nation imparts immunity from federal, state and local authorities.”

They allegedly argue that status exempts them from paying taxes, buying car auto insurance and register their vehicles.

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