Taking the law into their own hands…
from Dakin Andone and Artemis Moshtaghian of CNN –
The FBI on Saturday arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins, a member of an armed militia that had detained hundreds of migrants at the Mexico-New Mexico border last week, the New Mexico attorney general’s office reports. Hopkins, 69, is a member of an armed group that detained migrants near Sunland Park, New Mexico.
Earlier, videos posted online purported to show migrants being held by a militia known as the United Constitutional Patriots before being turned over to U.S. Border Patrol.
The footage prompted a condemnation from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, which likened the militia’s actions to kidnapping: “This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families. Today’s arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes.”