Moment ‘sovereign citizen’ mom pulled over for expired registration

This is the moment the mom of a Utah law student who was shot dead by cops was pulled over for an expired license plate – a year before her son died during argument with police over the same issue.

Chase Allan, 25, was fatally shot in Farmington, Utah on March 1 during a traffic stop. 

His family have since said that they discovered their son had been killed through the news and that police have not been cooperative in answering their questions. 

In the two weeks since the fatal run in, it has come to light that Allan’s mother, Diane Killian Allan, claimed in a September 2022 lawsuit that she is a sovereign citizen and not under the jurisdiction of Farmington City or any United States government. 

The suit was the result of an April 2022 traffic stop for an expired vehicle registration, which is the same violation her son would be stopped for nearly a year later.

In 2022, Allan’s mother Diane was stopped for driving without a license. She also refused to answer cops’ questions. Now, she is suing the police department

Diane Allan questions the officer who stopper her on April 7, 2022

During the interaction, Diane Allan is seen on police bodycam footage asking what the ‘probable cause’ for the stop was, to which the officer explained that it was her ‘expired registration.’

‘That’s not a probable cause,’ she said, as she refused to provide her name, or tell the officer if the care was insured or registered.

The officer can at one point during the recording be heard calling a colleague to ask how to handle the situation.

‘Is it worth pulling her out of her car and arresting her for failure to identify?’ the officer asks.

‘No. Probably not,’ responded his colleague.

The colleague suggested instead that the officer ticker Allan for not having a driver’s license producer online license and an expired vehicle registration.

Dispatch can also be heard on the call telling the officer that the woman has a concealed firearm permit.

Eventually Allan handed over her passport and a copy of the constitution. She ultimately received two tickets that amounted to roughly $100.

In her lawsuit, she claimed she is not under the jurisdiction of the city, state, or the United States, arguing instead that she is a sovereign citizen.

She argued that she had an ‘inherent right’ to travel in Farmington without being stopped by police.

Chase Allan was named in the lawsuit and accompanied his mother to the Farmington Police department to return the documents the officer had tossed into the car window.

The officer told Diane Allan that if she did not register her vehicle, it would be impounded.

The witness then replied: ‘That’s a threat.’

The officer said: ‘No, it’s a promise, it’s a promise,’ according to the lawsuit. 

While it is unclear whether Chase Allan also considered himself to be a sovereign citizen, police said that he ‘asserted his independence from the laws of the land,’ during the fatal traffic stop.

According to the Department of Justice, members of the Sovereign Citizen Movement are part of an ‘extreme anti-government movement whose members believe the government has no authority over them.’

Following the fatal shooting of Allan, five officers have been placed on administrative leave and the city says an investigation is underway.

In a statement, the department said: ‘During an attempt to remove the driver from the vehicle shots were fired and the driver was injured.’

‘At the time an observing officer yelled out the words, ‘Gun, gun, gun!’ A struggle, which appeared to last only seconds, ensued and gunshots could be heard,’ police described in a statement.

Authorities added that the responding officers requested back up after Chase Allan refused to exit his vehicle. 

In the wake of her son’s death, Diane Allan has told local outlets that the family was not properly notified of Chase’s death, nor have they been allowed to see him.

‘Our family was not properly notified of Chase’s death as next of kin. We found out about Chase’s death along with the entirety of our community via news reporters and articles written online,’ she said.

Nearly a year before Chase Allan was shot and killed by Farmington Police, his mother, Diane Allan, was pulled over for a similar reason and body cam footage showed both responded to officers in a similar manner

Allan is shown in the car, seconds before being shot dead. He had refused to step out of the vehicle, refused to give his name or identification and police thought he was reaching for his gun

Allan was a sovereign citizen (someone who does not believe that they have to abide by federal law) and was armed

The Allan family. Chase’s mother also calls herself a sovereign citizen

Diane described her deceased son as a ‘gracious, loving soul who was known by everyone in his community to be caring, thoughtful, and kind and would do anything for someone in need.’

‘He was always selflessly helping and protecting others in need,’ she said, adding that he was ‘likely terrified for his safety’ during the encounter with the police.

Law enforcement officers discharged their weapons at his car at least 12 times.

Diane Allan said her son was ‘a patriot doing what he could to defend the people’s freedom and liberty in his community.’

She said the family has ‘learned more from media coverage about what occurred than anywhere else’ and that officers ‘claim it was a routine traffic stop, yet the officer requested multiple other officers to the scene…prior to the stop.’

‘This resulted in the brutal murder of Chase at the hands of 5 Farmington Police officers, with them shooting him while he was still in his automobile and likely terrified for his safety. They shot 12 plus rounds at him while he was still inside the car with the engine running and lights on when reporters arrived.’ 

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