Expert: Michigan 'a hotbed for militia activity,' with growing potential for violence

DETROIT — A foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has led to the arrest of 13 people, including members of a state militia group, and sparked a national discussion about these private, loosely organized paramilitary groups.Michigan has had a long history of militia groups, which are active in every state, according to Amy Cooter, a senior lecturer at Vanderbilt University, who has studied them for more than a dozen years. The modern militias, Cooter said, date to the early 1990s.Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday afternoon seven of those who were charged were me…

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