Who are Ferguson’s ‘Oath Keepers,’ and why are they patrolling the city with guns?
On the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s shooting death by police, tensions are once again simmering in Ferguson, Missouri. And the arrival of a militia group, known as the “Oath Keepers,” threatens to add fuel to the fire in the St. Louis suburb.
Founded by a former Army paratrooper and Yale instructor named Stewart Rhodes in 2009, the Oath Keepers’s self-described mission is to “defend the Constitution.” To that end, the group publishes a list of 10 “unconstitutional orders” which its members must pledge not to follow, including taking part in warrantless searches, detaining Americans or seizing citizens’ weapons. Read more…
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