The city of Huntsville, AL has told a couple who are living completely off their land that if they continue, they will be arrested for trespassing on their own land. You read that right, trespassing on their own land.
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Military veteran Tyler Truitt, along with his girlfriend, has setup his home on two acres inside the Huntsville city limit. He uses a solar system to supply the property with power and collects rain water.
However, Huntsville is telling him that if he doesn’t get hooked up to city water and power, he could be arrested. According to local media coverage:
“They came and they condemned our house and told us if we stayed here we’d be arrested for trespassing on our own property, and the reason why is, they said, it was unsafe living conditions because we don’t have city utilities hooked up,” Truitt explained.
The former military member says he just wants the freedoms he swore he’d protect.
“I took an oath that I would support and defend the constitution and the freedoms that entails, and I really feel like those are being trampled upon,” Truitt said.
Truitt is prepared to fight for his property. “You have to stand up for what you believe in. They could come out here today if they wanted to and take us to jail for trespassing if that’s what they want to call it and, you know, that’d be fine with me. I’ll still come back the next day and the next day and the next day because it’s my home and because I live here. Where else am I supposed to go really?”
The city is currently in the process of suing Truitt along with the criminal threats.