Last year, David Myrland was convicted of threatening to send a posse of heavily armed civilians to "arrest" the mayor of Kirkland. Now Myrland has filed a lawsuit accusing the authorities who sent him to prison of conspiring against him by using poor grammar, and writing at a second-grade reading level in their court filings.
The 53-year-old Myrland learned the hard way that he is subject to the law of the land just like everybody else when he was stopped in Kirkland last August for driving a car without license plates. What should have been a routine encounter escalated when the police officer involved noticed that Myrland had a pistol and loaded clip on the passenger seat. The Redmond resident had previously been the subject of an "officer safety bulletin" for repeatedly threatening to arrest cops who questioned him about his lack of a driver's license, registration, and insurance.
Again lacking the proper paperwork to drive a car, Myrland was arrested and his car impounded. When the traffic cop read him his rights, Myrland replied, "Apparently the constitution doesn't apply to me so I must be crazy." He was carrying another pistol in a shoulder holster, which he told the cop he used to "shoot pit bulls." Once again he threatened to arrest the police officer who was arresting him.
A few weeks later, Kirkland mayor Joan McBride received a message from the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org," telling her to prepare for a visit from 50 armed men and women.
"DO NOT RESIST as these Citizens will be heavily armed and will meet all resistance with all necessary force, as provided by law," Myrland wrote. "If you default or otherwise do not appear, and if my application is granted, I would advise you to keep your front and back doors to your home UNLOCKED to better facilitate your lawful arrest."
Myrland teamed up with a group of self-proclaimed "County Rangers" from the sovereign citizen movement to send similar threats to the Kirkland city attorney, and to King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg. Myrland was arrested again, and he ultimately pleaded guilty in December to charges that he threatened an elected official. He was sentenced to three years in federal prison, and currently resides in Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center.
On January 23, Myrland filed a lawsuit in Western Washington federal court claiming that the government had violated his civil rights. The alleged mistreatment involves the nonsensical claim that the language used by federal prosecutors and Department of Homeland Security officials is "babbling-collusion-threats" and "backwards-correct-syntaxing-modification fraud."
The court documents are ten pages of gibberish referencing arcane legal terms, followed by an annotated copy of the original criminal complaint filed in the case against him for threatening the mayor. Myrland meticulously classifies every word in the complaint using a number system to specify whether it is a verb, adjective, pronoun, or other part of speech. Somehow, he believes this proves that the wording is "fraudulent" or "handicapping."
A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney's office declined to comment on Myrland's court filings, except to say he could face civil sanctions for filing a frivolous lawsuit.
Court records indicate Myrland's suit might not be valid because he failed to pay the required filing fee, and submit the correct forms. If the case is disqualified based on these technicalities it's kind of shame -- what could be more ironic than the guy who doesn't believe in the authority of the federal government filing a lawsuit in federal court to argue his case?
This post includes additional reporting by editorial intern Jeva Lange.