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Police seeing larger number of contacts with sovereign citizens

The Evansville Police Department is experiencing a growing number of contacts with sovereign citizens. 

Authorities say these are residents who don't answer to government authority and those who record their interactions with police.

Locally, one of these groups is growing larger. 

Groups like the Southeast Side Neighborhood Association, and members like Tom Littlepage, are watching out for crime everyday.

"We have actually caught people walking by the camera, looking at the camera. We got a face shot, we have a Facebook page, if we get of anything we're going to post it on Facebook and everybody is going to see it," Littlepage said. 

There's another kind of group that's watching crime. They're called sovereign citizens. 

"We've seen it increase ten fold in a short period of time," says Sgt. Jason Cullum with Evansville police. 

Sgt. Cullum says in Evansville, that applies to people taping their interactions with police. The EPD says this started about five years ago. Since then, it's only gotten more frequent. 

"Now it's just the person on the cell phone on the corner that may not even look like they're taping you. It's the cell phone sitting in the cup holder in the car, pointed at the window," Sgt. Cullum says. 

It is legal. What's not legal, though, is intefering or stopping the officer from doing their job.

To offset that possibility, the EPD has turned the tables, and is now taping most of their interactions.

"I've done that myself. I have both. I have a body worn camera, a go pro camera in the car because I have found that the best way to ward off video vigilantes is to videotape myself," Sgt. Cullum says.

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