A researcher tracking the sovereign citizen movement says it's time to take the threat it poses more seriously
When the Freedom Convoy occupied downtown Ottawa last winter, a video circulated of a group of protesters deputizing themselves as peace officers. The idea that they have the authority to do that comes from the Sovereign Citizen Movement, a fringe, anti-government movement which empowers its followers to reject all government authority and make up their own laws. In Canada, the leader of the movement is Romana Didulo, who has declared herself the queen of Canada. Christine Sarteschi has been tracking the sovereign citizen movement in the US, Canada and around the world and she says we should take the movement more seriously.