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Michigan plot against state government a reminder of lethality and ambition of US militia

Michael Null (right) and William Null (left) arrive at the American Patriot Rally, organised by Michigan United for Liberty, to demand the reopening of businesses on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol, on April 30, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

As Barry County sheriff Dar Leaf spoke at a small protest in May in Grand Rapids, Michigan, against State Governor Gretchen Whitmer's stay-home orders amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a burly man in civilian militia garb armed with an assault rifle stood behind him.

William Null was one of at least three armed men at the event.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 11, 2020, with the headline 'Worries over white militia groups in hotly contested election'. Print Edition | Subscribe