Huntsville, Alabama, filed a lawsuit against a couple attempting to live within city limits without utilities.
Tyler Truitt, a military veteran, and his girlfriend Soraya Hamar wanted to live off the grid in Huntsville.
“We live out here off the grid,” said Truitt, “100 percent self-sustaining. So I basically made all my utilities: I have my solar panels, I have my rainwater collection and stuff.”
The city told them that they are not allowed to continue their lifestyle as it is unsafe.
“They say our house is a trailer,” said Truitt, “which is not allowed in city limits.”
He continued, "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.”
The veteran spoke about his rights and freedoms being threatened.
“I took an oath that I would support and defend the Constitution and the freedoms that entails,” he said. “And I really feel like those are being trampled upon.”
He added, “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?"
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