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Don't see Michigan militias as heroes, state attorney general's office says

July 04, 2020, 1:50 PM

Observations that may seem obvious to some people still can be worth stating. This fits that category.

Michigan's self-styled militia groups "aren’t heroes," state Atty. Gen. Dana Nessel tweets Saturday with a link to a TV report.

"The Michigan Attorney General’s Office is sharing concerns about militia groups across the state," posts WOOD, a NBC affiliate in Grand Rapids.

Speaking generally about the often heavily armed groups, Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud offered a warning about the militia.

"Many militia groups are often anti-government, anti-law enforcement [and] they have these extreme ideologies," Hammoud said. "History has taught us that extreme ideologies like that often lead to mass violence." ... 

Fadwa Hammoud: "Many militia groups ... have these extreme ideologies." (Photo: Facebook)

Noting that the Michigan Liberty Militia (MLM), a five-year-old group from Barry County, says it attends rallies to protect participants or counter-demonstrators, the solicitor general adds:

"It is not a good idea to go to somebody with a weapon of war and say, 'protect me.'

"Having a weapon does not give you the same authority to enforce the law, to protect others or to stand in the position of law enforcement. That's not the way the law works."

Hammoud, appointed last year year by Nessel, is a former Wayne County assistant prosecutor and past Dearborn School Board member (2015-19). She graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne State University Law School.

Read more:  WOOD-TV

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