Three folks, together with one Obama aide, have been arrested for operating a fictitious police power, full with pretend badges, weapons, uniforms and police autos, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division introduced Tuesday.
The group, who declare to be descendants of the medieval Catholic army order the Knights Templar, embrace an assistant to California Legal professional Basic Hamala Harris – a former Democrat aide to the Obama administration.
KTLA stories: An investigation of the group started in late January when varied regulation enforcement companies throughout Southern California acquired mailed letters from the “Masonic Fraternal Police Division” advising that David Henry had been elected the MFPD’s chief, in keeping with a Sheriff’s Division’s information launch.
The letters “instantly created suspicion and confusion throughout the regulation enforcement neighborhood,” the discharge stated.
A short while after the letters arrived, regulation enforcement started getting calls from somebody figuring out himself as “Chief Deputy Director Brandon Kiel,” who requested to satisfy with the pinnacle of the division, the discharge acknowledged.
The sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley Station started investigating the group after members met with Capt. Roosevelt Johnson and couldn’t reply his questions on MFPD’s mission and jurisdiction, in keeping with the discharge.
“Investigators started asking questions as to what they stand for, their group, they usually couldn’t actually reply the questions,” sheriff’s Deputy Sara Rodriguez stated Wednesday.
The group, which claimed to be descendants of the medieval Catholic army order the Knights Templar, instructed Roosevelt their police company had been in existence for three,000 years and had sovereign jurisdiction in 33 states and in Mexico.
The primary Masonic Fraternal Police Division was based in 1100 B.C., in keeping with a website figuring out itself because the group’s official web site. The present group is positioned in Santa Clarita.
Describing how it’s totally different from different police departments, the web site acknowledged: “We had been right here first! We’re born into this Group our bloodlines go deeper then (sic) an software. That is extra then (sic) a job it’s an obligation.”
After figuring out that MFPD was not a “reliable” police company, search warrants had been issued in two separate areas in Santa Clarita the place investigators recovered pretend badges, uniforms, ID playing cards, weapons, police-type automobiles and different tools, sheriff’s officers acknowledged.
It was not but clear what they had been attempting to perform, Rodriguez stated.
“We do know that they may have been attempting to deceive the neighborhood,” she stated.
Three people had been subsequently arrested: Brandon Kiel, David Henry and Tonette Hayes.
Kiel, who resides in Los Angeles, faces fees of impersonating a peace officer and misuse of a authorities identification. Initially, the Sheriff’s Division acknowledged he was 36 years previous however his jail document confirmed his age was 31.
The Los Angeles Occasions reported that Kiel was an aide to Harris and labored because the deputy director of neighborhood affairs on the state’s Division of Justice. He was on administrative go away, a spokesman for the workplace instructed the Occasions.
Henry, a 46-year-old Santa Clarita resident, was arrested on fees of perjury beneath oath and impersonating a peace officer. He’s recognized on the group’s web site because the division’s police chief.
Hayes, additionally of Santa Clarita, was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a peace officer. Though the Sheriff’s Division acknowledged within the launch that she was 56, her inmate document indicated she was 59 years previous.
All three had been launched from jail on April 30, the identical day they had been arrested and booked, in keeping with inmate information.
Investigators additionally imagine there are different folks related to the group. In keeping with the web site, there are roughly 500,000 members within the U.S.
The case stays beneath investigation and detectives have requested anybody with details about the group to name Detective Amalia Hernandez of L.A. County Sheriff’s Division’s Emergency Operations Bureau – Sheriff’s Intelligence Unit at 323-980-2211.