A clever Alabama veteran who lives “off the grid,” so to speak, has found himself in quite a bind after being threatened with arrest for the way he chooses to live his life, and his story is loaded with irony.
Tyler Truitt and his girlfriend Soraya Hamar live peacefully in their Huntsville home, which falls within city limits, and while they don’t bother a soul, they’ve found themselves in a battle with local officials, according to WBRC. Truitt, who joined the military to fight for our rights, is now fighting for his own rights after the city told him he can’t live a self-sufficient lifestyle because it’s “unsafe.”
“We live out here off the grid, 100 percent self-sustaining,” Truitt said. “So I basically made all my utilities: I have my solar panels, I have my rainwater collection and stuff.”
While most everyone would pat him on the back for being able to figure out how to live independent of government utilities, as you can imagine, the government isn’t too happy about it. In fact, city officials have filed a lawsuit against Truitt, condemned his property, and threatened to arrest him with trespassing for being there.
“They say our house is a trailer, which is not allowed in city limits,” Truitt said.
Apparently, it’s not the trailer, however. Truitt says that the biggest problem city leaders have is with his off the grid living.
“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, [emphasis mine]” Truitt explained.
Not surprisingly, the cowardly city officials and those who work for Huntsville Utilities couldn’t be reached for comment on the matter. However, despite their silence, Truitt says he’s prepared to fight tooth-and-nail for his home, as he should.
“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,” he said. “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?”
All laws aside, Truitt said that for him it’s about freedom. He says that just because he’s out of the military, doesn’t mean he doesn’t stand by the oath he took.
“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.
I don’t blame him. He bought the property. He lives at the property. He figured out how to have a self-sustaining home on the property, and other than that, he’s not harming a soul by doing so. The government is undoubtedly becoming far too powerful, and cases like this provide a perfect example.