Group Claiming to Be Knights Templar Descendants Arrested for Creating Fake Police Department
Sometimes you have to stop and wonder what goes through people’s minds. One of the questions often asked of critics of fringe history is “what’s the harm?” Why should we care if the History Channel pumps lies into millions of American homes, or if New Page Books spreads conspiracy theories hither and yon? It’s just fun, right? Well, in California the “fun” stretched right up to the California Department of Justice, according to the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department, which accused an employee of being part of a fake, fringe history-inspired police department.
The L.A. county sheriff’s department arrested three individuals for setting up a fake police department and impersonating peace officers, according to an article published yesterday in the Los Angeles Times. According to the sheriff’s department, David Henry, Tonette Hayes, and Brandon Kiel claimed to be members of the Masonic Fraternal Police Department and asserted in communications with law enforcement across southern California that they had broad jurisdiction by virtue of tracing their agency’s authority to the Knights Templar, whom they claimed to represent. “The Masonic Fraternal Police Department, (M.F.P.D.) is the Knights Templar’s! (sic)” the group writes on the website identified in media reports as belonging to the MFPD.
Kiel is an aide to California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, a Democrat. He was placed on administrative leave from his job as a deputy director of community affairs at the California Department of Justice after his arrest. According to law enforcement sources and the Los Angeles Times, a man claiming to be Kiel had sent letters to police chiefs across southern California announcing new leadership for the Santa Clarita, Calif.-based MFPD and requesting interagency meetings with the chiefs. Prosecutors accuse Kiel of using his government identification for MFPD activities. The California Department of Justice would not comment on an active investigation.
Santa Clarita sheriff’s investigators discovered “badges, identification cards, weapons, uniforms, police type vehicles and other law enforcement equipment” at two sites in the city associated with the group, according to a statement released to the media.
Residents of the police force’s Santa Clarita home base said that they never realized that the professional-seeming police group was a fake. “I always see them with their uniforms, so I thought they were part of any department,” Sherry Elgabalawy, a neighbor, told KCBS-TV. “I didn’t know it was a fake one.”
Investigators believe that the organization is larger than the three arrested and are looking for additional members.
The phony MFPD drew on fringe history’s wildest claims about Freemasonry and the Knights Templar to provide spurious support for their activities, which law enforcement has yet to fully investigate. The MFPD asserts that it is a Masonic organization and that its hereditary membership is tasked with protecting Masonry’s highest ranking individuals in California and “33 other states, including Mexico City.” It is unclear whether they think Mexico City is within the United States or whether they are simply incompetent grammarians.
According to the group’s ungrammatical website, MFPD claims to be 3,000 years old, the oldest police force on earth, and asserts that its membership is based on bloodlines. “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.” The group claims to have been founded by the Knights Templar in 1100 BCE, though if I had to guess, I’d say that was a misunderstanding by someone who confused 1100 CE, the period of the Templars, and 1100 BCE; however, the group might be following Masonic mysticism that traces Masonry back to ancient Egypt, however anachronistic that would be for the Templars, chartered in 1129.
The Freemasons have often asserted a connection to the Knights Templar and include a Masonic order of Knights Templar, but there is no documented evidence tying the groups.
5/6/2015 05:46:02 am
Has anyone else noticed that MF can mean...something other than "Masonic Fraternal"?
5/6/2015 06:28:06 am
I can see one of the recruitment tools right now. "Join the MFPD, it's not a job, it's an adventure."
5/6/2015 11:01:59 am
Judging from "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", I'd say you're being too generous with those commas. =P
5/6/2015 07:58:38 am
Hey now the hard right neocons have someone else to blame for corrupt police in Baltimore and Ferguson and Chicago, and NY, it's theses bozos, right?
5/6/2015 03:13:17 pm
That or promotion for a Let's Be Cops sequel, lol.
5/6/2015 04:53:23 pm
Who does the MFPD use as their forensic geologist?
5/6/2015 07:43:44 pm
Hopefully, someone who can correctly identify agates.
5/7/2015 06:20:03 am
Whose "scientific" endeavors are beyond peer review.
5/6/2015 08:39:12 pm
Jason,I think you're failing to mention that these folds look like followers of some Afrocentric cult.
5/6/2015 08:39:52 pm
5/6/2015 08:59:33 pm
I think you should check out the "washitaw moors" cult and other black supremacist cults to get a look of what is going on.The nuwabians too who's cult leader is in prison now.There is another recent black racist cult run by a guy named Kerry Davis with the slogan "african americans ain't african".Apparently all these cults use fringe sources like ivan van sertima.
5/6/2015 10:01:54 pm
The thought crossed my mind, but legally speaking I can't publish speculation about that without evidence since it could be potentially libelous. We'll have to wait for the investigation to turn up evidence for whatever these people thought they were doing.
5/7/2015 08:29:08 pm
What were they thinking?
5/8/2015 08:58:12 am
I was only joking, being sarcastic when I posted that.
5/9/2015 02:58:42 am
This is amazing. When they were reaching out to other police depts., its like they were trying to cast some sort of Rasputin-like spell on legitimate, constitutional authorities. It's just unbelievable that an aide to the state AG could have schemed like this in his right mind. Most likely, I would think, he was having a mental health episode.
5/10/2015 11:15:29 am
Who controls the British crown?
5/10/2015 08:34:45 pm
Any Mason who claims direct lineage with the Templars is insane or lying. There are other groups which claim more ties than Masonry. Also, Masons vow to uphold the laws of the country and that Masonic laws and regulations cannot supersede the public rule. This is all kinds of nutty.
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