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Kansas City native Gavin Eugene Long, who died on his 29th birthday on Sunday after ambushing and killing three Baton Rouge police officers, said in online postings that he didn't want to be affiliated with any group.  Long was, however, a member of a group involved in the sovereign citizen movement. 

Since 2011, the FBI has considered sovereign citizens "a growing domestic threat to law enforcement." In a bulletin, the agency wrote that they consider "sovereign-citizen extremists as comprising a domestic terrorist movement."

Simply put, sovereign citizens believe themselves to be above the law of the land. Their reasons vary, but they don't believe they have to do things like pay taxes or respect law enforcement officials, because in their minds all governments are operating illegally.

The movement's most high-profile member to date has been Terry Nichols, the accomplice in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Read more: CBS News

A gunman suspected of killing five police officers during a protest march in downtown Dallas late Thursday told negotiators before he died that he was upset over recent police-involved shootings of African Americans and "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers," Dallas Police Chief David Brown said.

Seven other police officers and two civilians were injured in the melee that sent protesters scrambling as heavy gunfire erupted.

After almost an hour of negotiations, the heavily armed gunman — who was holed up in a building that overlooked the protest route — was killed by police using a robot-controlled explosive device, Brown told reporters Friday morning.

Read more: USA Today

At least five people were injured, some with critical stab wounds Sunday afternoon after a protest by white supremacists turned violent on the lawn of the California Capitol.  Sacramento Fire Department tweeted that five patients were transported to area hospitals from the melee.

According to its website, the Traditionalist Worker Party believes "European-American identity is under constant attack."

The party writes on its website that "American popular culture offers examples of perverse behaviour that mean to destroy European-American families, leaving us unable to secure our own future as a race."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said the TWP, formed in 2015, is the political wing of the Traditionalist Youth Network, which "aims to indoctrinate high school and college students into white nationalism."

Read more:  USA Today

Federal prosecutors say a Tooele County man placed a pipe bomb against the door of a BLM cabin and pushed the button on a remote detonator multiple times, with no result.  His mistake? He'd unwittingly assigned an undercover FBI agent to build the bomb.

William Keebler, 57, of Stockton, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Nephi and appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court, charged by federal prosecutors with attempting to blow up federal property at an Arizona Strip BLM facility that he had allegedly scouted with Robert LaVoy Finicum.

Keebler is being held in Salt Lake County jail and will have a June 29 detention hearing. He faces five to 20 years in a federal prison if convicted of the charge.

Charging documents say Keebler is the commander of a citizen militia group headquartered in Stockton. He was present at the April 2014 standoff with federal land administrators near the Bunkerville, Nev. ranch of Cliven Bundy, and was an associate of Finicum, who was killed in late January by Oregon state police after he tried to avoid their roadblock in eastern Oregon amid an occupation of a federal wildlife refuge. The Tribune wrote about Keebler in December 2011 when he worked as an outfitter guiding coyote sport hunters.

Read more: Salt Lake Tribune

The man detained by police in connection with the killing of a rising star of British politics had long-standing ties to a U.S.-based neo-Nazi organization and, in the past, had ordered a how-to guide for assembling a homemade gun, according to a watchdog group that tracks extremist behavior.

The details emerged as police on Friday tried to piece together the motive behind the killing of the British lawmaker, Jo Cox, who was stabbed and shot at midday Thursday in an attack that stunned the nation and led to a suspension of Britain’s European Union referendum campaign just a week before the vote.

A statement from West Yorkshire Police in northern Britain said possible links to right-wing extremism were a “priority line of inquiry,” and counter-terrorism investigators were assisting the probe.

Read more: Washington Post