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Brandon Kiel, Aide to Calif AG, Arrested for Operating Fake Police Force

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By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 08:24 AM

Brandon Kiel, aide to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, was arrested with two accomplices last week for running a fake police force that claimed its authority was granted by the ancient Knights Templar.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday that Kiel, 36, along with Santa Clarita residents Tonette Hayes, 56, and David Henry, 46, arranged a recent meeting with Capt. Roosevelt Johnson of Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Henry informed Johnson that he was the newly elected chief of the "Masonic Fraternal Police Department" (MFPD), reported KTLA-TV.

"During Captain Johnson’s meeting with members of MFPD, his suspicions were aroused when they could not answer basic questions about MFPD’s jurisdiction and overall department mission," said a press release from the sheriff's department.

"The group claimed that they were descendants of the 'Knights Templar' and that their police agency had been in existence for 3,000 years. Additionally, they claimed that MFPD had sovereign jurisdiction in 33 states and across the border in Mexico."

The meeting came after the sheriff's department and other local law enforcement agencies received several letters from the MFPD informing them of Henry's election.

The department soon obtained search and arrest warrants, and raided the houses of the three suspects. They found badges, identification cards, weapons, uniforms, police type vehicles, and other law enforcement equipment that apparently belonged to the three.

All three were charged with impersonating a police officer, as well as other offenses such as perjury under oath.

Police also uncovered a website, MasonicFraternalPoliceDepartment.org, that appears to represent the MFPD.

According to the website, the organization claims describes its authority thus: "We were here first! We are born into this Organization our bloodlines go deeper then [sic] an application. This is more then [sic] a job it is an obligation."

Police believe that the three arrested were not the only ones involved in the fake police force, and said their investigation is ongoing.

The office of Kamala Harris said it could not comment on personnel issues, as Kiel's case is still open. Before working for Harris, Kiel was the deputy director of community affairs at the state’s Department of Justice.



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