On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015, a regularly scheduled meeting was being held by the Republic of Texas in a rented VFW room in Bryan, Texas.
The group who refers to its members as “Texians” instead of Texans, due to its heritage prior to the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845, thought this particular meeting would be a meeting like most others.
Senators and the president of the group had gathered to discuss issues regarding the national currency, how international relations could be developed and to celebrate a birthday of one of its oldest members. The invited public was also present at the meeting.
As it turned out, this day would be anything by typical.
According to the group’s website, a man in the crowd who had initially pretended to be a guest but who was later identified as the lead deputy, Jeff McCoy, stood up at a designated time and blocked all ingress and egress from the rented room with the help of “armed and threatening” police.
McCoy allegedly allowed in armed and armored force from the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, Texas District Attorney’s office agents, the Texas Rangers, the FBI, and the U.S. Marshalls. It was estimated that 20 officers in all entered the room where the 60 attendees were gathered.
The “crime,” was set forth in a warrant issued by 216th District Court Judge N. Keith Williams of Kerr County.
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