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Calif. AG's Aide Arrested for Being a Fake 'Masonic' Cop

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 03:39 PM

An aide to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and two other people are in real trouble with the law for allegedly running a fake police force that claimed to be the modern-day incarnation of the fabled Knights Templar, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Southern California residents Brandon Kiel, David Henry and Tonette Hayes were arrested last week on suspicion of impersonating a peace officer, authorities told the Times. An investigation of their group — called the Masonic Fraternal Police Department — turned up a trove of badges, weapons, uniforms and other law-enforcement items, authorities said.

Kiel, 31, has been placed on administrative leave from his job as deputy director of community affairs at the California Department of Justice, and a spokeswoman for Harris declined further comment about "the ongoing personnel matter or criminal investigation" involving one of the department's own, The Huffington Post reports.

The self-styled Masonic cops came to the attention of law enforcement in January, when the organization wrote a letter to several Southern California police chiefs announcing new leadership, and someone claiming to be Kiel followed up with phone calls to request meetings, authorities told the Times.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department station chief "met with members of the group and became wary after they could not provide rudimentary information about the group's aims," the Times reports.

The group's website identifies the "M.F.P.D." as the law enforcement arm of the Masons — a fraternal organization known for charitable works and steeped in symbols and rituals derived from medieval stonemasonry.

Membership consists of lodges and various "orders" including one, the Knights Templar, that identifies itself as a Christian branch of Freemasonry but claims no actual lineage with the mysterious military order established to defend Christianity in the 11th Century.

Nevertheless, the police group's web site links the two threads, while managing to misspell Knights Templar and misplace them in history by about 2,200 years.

"The first Police Department was created by the 'Knights Templar's' back in 1100 B.C.," the site explains, adding, "the Masonic Fraternal Police Department, (M.F.P.D.) is the Knights Templar's!"

The Masonic force also claims to be active in 33 states and Mexico, and the web site identifies Henry, one of the three people arrested, as its "Chief of Police."

"When asked what is the difference between the Masonic Fraternal Police Department and other Police Departments the answer is simple for us. We were here first!" the web site says.

"We are born into this Organization our bloodlines go deeper then an application. This is more then a job it is an obligation."

CBS News Los Angeles aired photographs of Kiel and Henry at police events and hobnobbing with local officials including a Democratic congresswoman, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters. 

"Detectives suspect the three individuals were looking to deceive the community and trying to pass as law enforcement officials," CBS News reports. "Police also suspect other individuals may also be involved."

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An aide to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and two other people are in real trouble with the law for allegedly running a fake police force that claimed to be the modern-day incarnation of the fabled Knights Templar.
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