What does "Am I being detained?" Mean?:
Am I being detained is a phrase commonly used by Sovereign Citizens and people who generally want to cause friction with law enforcement.
Well then, what is a Sovereign Citizen?
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center who keeps a database of extremist groups:
"Sovereigns believe that they — not judges, juries, law enforcement or elected officials — get to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore, and they don't think they should have to pay taxes. Sovereigns are clogging up the courts with indecipherable filings and when cornered, many of them lash out in rage, frustration and, in the most extreme cases, acts of deadly violence, usually directed against government officials." https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/sovereign-citizens-movement
Why should I care about Sovereign Citizens?
Well, normally you would not have to. Soveriegns are normally only a problem for the court system (filing fivilous lawsuits against the government tying up the court system) and law enforcement (reacting violently when detained for their, usually, nonviolent crimes). The average citizen's problems arise when, for example, a car accident occurs with a SovCit. SovCit's do not usually carry vehicle insurance, driver's license, or register their vehicle. Lack of vehicle registration makes it extremely difficult to investigate a hit and run due to no license plate information on a registered owner. Even if you do know who the SovCit was, they do not respond well to lawsuits to when you attempt to get compensation for your vehicle damage and/or injuries.
So how do I spot a SovCit?
Usually it's very hard because they looke like an average person, but the small things will give them away.
1: When approached by law enforcement, they will say things like "Am I being detained?" or question the officer's authority to question or stop them.
2: They will display license plates that appear to be from fictional jurisdictions or say "Private Property" or "Consumer Goods No License Required".
3: They do not carry a valid state issued driver's license.
Other ways of spotting a SovCit according to the :
-References to the Bible, The Constitution of the United States, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, or treaties with foreign governments8
-Personal names spelled in all capital letters or interspersed with colons (e.g., JOHN SMITH or Smith: John)
-Signatures followed by the words “under duress,” “Sovereign Living Soul” (SLS), or a copyright symbol (©)
-Personal seals, stamps, or thumb prints in red ink
-The words “accepted for value”