Woman Sentenced for Harboring ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Who Shot at Police
Yvonne Theresa Clark, 35, of Royal Oak, Mich., pleaded guilty on Friday to interfering with an officer and conspiracy to interfere with an officer. She was one of five people arrested for harboring Brody J. Whitaker, 37, a month after he opened fire on two troopers who pulled him over on Interstate 75 in Florida’s Sumter County. As part of a plea agreement, Clark will spend 90 days in jail.
According to news reports, Whitaker claimed to be a sovereign citizen almost immediately after his arrest, declaring during his April 2010 arraignment, as his public defender urged him not to speak: “I am a sovereign. I am not an American.” While his motives for firing on state troopers are unknown, Whitaker might have felt – as sovereign citizens do – that the police had no authority over him and he was resisting a tyrannical government.