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On his Facebook page, police killer Norman Walter Raddatz posted about bylaw tickets he considered "constant harassment" by "taxation pirates," railed against the courts and government, called homosexuals "sodomites," and police "pigs."

He maintained that the capitalized spelling of a person's name on government and bank documents was part of a pervasive corporate conspiracy. "They will have to drag me to court by force. I will not voluntarily enter a corrupt admiralty court," Raddatz, 42, wrote on the social media site after receiving a bylaw ticket last summer.

Raddatz is the only suspect in the shooting death of 35-year-old police Const. Daniel Woodall in Edmonton on Monday night. Sgt. Jason Harley survived after being shot in the back. The body of a man believed to be Raddatz was found in the basement of the home after the shooting and a large fire Monday night. An autopsy is being done to confirm his identity and cause of death.

Read more: Edmonton Journal (Can)

More than a year has passed since Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy’s pack of militia supporters faced off against authorities in the Nevada desert, but police continue to glean lessons from the confrontation.

The April 12, 2014, standoff, sparked by the Bureau of Land Management’s attempt to round up Bundy’s illegally grazing cattle, pitted hundreds of heavily-armed Bundy backers against a group of federal agents trying to gather the animals. Meanwhile, about two dozen Metro Police officials who showed up to help got caught in the middle.

“We left that day with a different attitude and a different thought process,” said Metro Sgt. Tom Jenkins, who is credited by the police department for helping ease tensions between the groups. “We’d never been faced with a situation where so many people were pointing guns at us.”

Jenkins shared with The Sunday the lessons he learned that day.

A 22-year veteran of the department, Jenkins thought he knew Clark County’s communities well. Jenkins, who is black, was familiar with the sovereign citizen movement of anti-government extremists, but he had a stereotyped idea of who he’d encounter that day.

“In my mind, I’m thinking of white supremacists, skinheads who hate government,” Jenkins said. “Then I see one guy who’s as dark as I am. And there are women and children. When people tell you you’re dealing with sovereign citizens, you can’t assume anything.”

Read more: Las Vegas Sun

A knife-wielding man killed by terror investigators had planned to behead an unidentified victim, then changed his mind and said he wanted to kill police officers, the FBI said.

Usaama Rahim plotted for at least a week, the FBI said in a complaint against a family member who was arrested Tuesday, hours after Rahim was shot to death. The relative, David Wright, was ordered held Wednesday on a charge of conspiracy with intent to obstruct a federal investigation.

The FBI said Rahim bought three fighting knives and a sharpener on or before May 26. On Tuesday, he told Wright he planned to begin trying to randomly kill police officers, the FBI said.

An anti-terror task force of FBI agents and Boston police, faced with an imminent threat, confronted Rahim on a sidewalk and fatally shot him when he refused to drop his knife, authorities said.

Rahim and Wright were heard in a recorded conversation talking about "thinking with your head on your chest," a reference to Islamic State propaganda videos showing severed heads on the chests of beheading victims, the FBI said in an affidavit written by an agent assigned to Boston's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Read more: Associated Press

Two men who met during the Ferguson protests and plotted violence against law enforcement admitted in federal court here Tuesday that they planned to blow up a police station, the top St. Louis County prosecutor and the Ferguson police chief.

Olajuwon Ali Davis, 23, and Brandon Orlando Baldwin, 24, each pleaded guilty of four explosives and gun charges that will carry seven-year prison terms when the men are sentenced Aug. 31.

They met in August in Ferguson, during the protests over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by then-Officer Darren Wilson. Davis, a "frequent" protester, and Baldwin started talking about buying guns and organizing protesters to "be like an army" and fight back against police, their plea agreement says.

Investigators previously identified both defendants as members of the St. Louis Chapter of the New Black Panther Party. Baldwin also is known as Brandon Muhammad, according to court documents, and Davis also uses the last name Ali and goes by Brother Ali. Baldwin described himself as a field marshal for the party, his plea says. Davis said that he once carried a gun as part of a security detail for the party.  Davis also is a self-proclaimed “Moorish-American,” and in a YouTube video posted in 2013 invited viewers to learn how to avoid taxes and what he said are unconstitutional laws.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Anson Chi is sentenced to the maximum 20 years in federal prison for igniting a homemade explosive on a natural gas pipeline in a residential neighborhood.  U.S. District Judge Richard Schell told the 36-year-old Chi that his was “a very serious offense.” Chi not only endangered those living near the pipeline but also those living near his house, where he had a makeshift lab where he mixed chemicals, the judge said.

The judge found in favor of the terrorism enhancement. He also added prison time at the prosecution’s request to provide an adequate deterrent for the crime and to protect the community from any further crimes from Chi.  Prosecutor Andrew Stover said after the hearing he thought the sentence was appropriate. He said it takes into account all the elements, from Chi’s actions on the night of June 18, 2012, to his website on to his statements to authorities to his letters to convicted serial bomber Ted Kaczynski.  “When you put it all in total, it paints a picture of a domestic terrorist,” Stover said.

Read more: Dallas Morning News