Members of the Hutaree militia may be in the news for their alleged plot to kill police officers, but not so long ago they were actually helping authorities in Michigan's Bridgewater Township. The town supervisor, Republican Jolea Mull, has twice called on local militias to aid in missing persons searches this year, according to this AnnArbor.com report. In January, three Hutaree members joined three Michigan Militia Corps Wolverines in a search for a 45-year-old mother-of-four.
“That was the very first time we were deployed in an official capacity,” says the Wolverines’ leader. The search was successful, so Mull called them again in February, though this time only one Hutaree member was involved. Critics complained that she was legitimizing extremist organizations, but Mull was pleased. “You are either part of the problem or part of the solution,” she said at the time. “It is clear to me that our local militia is part of the solution.” (Read more militia stories.)