Three individuals claiming to be descendants of the Knights Templar were arrested for impersonating police officers. The individuals, who call their group the Masonic Fraternal Police Department, went as far as sending out letters to different police departments announcing the recent election of their department’s chief.
Masonic police organization claimed 3,000 years of existence
David Henry, Tonette Hayes and Brandon Kiel were charged with impersonating peace officers for introducing themselves as the Masonic Fraternal Police Department. They claimed the MFPD had been in existence for 3,000 years, having descended from the Knights Templar. MFPD also claimed jurisdiction in 33 states, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Tuesday.
“Detectives believe these three suspects were attempting to deceive individuals in the community as to their status as law enforcement officials for a purpose yet to be determined. Investigators also believe there may be other individuals associated with this organization,” the sheriff’s office said as quoted by The Wall Street Journal.
Henry was arrested for perjury Under Oath and Impersonating a Peace Officer. Hayes was arrested for Impersonating a Peace Officer, and Kiel was arrested for Impersonating a Peace Officer and Misuse of a Government Identification, CBS Los Angeles reported.
Masonic police force foiled
Suspicions about the MFPD started when Chiefs from different police departments across Southern California received a letter announcing that Henry had been elected as MFPD department’s chief. The letters were followed by calls made by Kiel requesting for police chiefs to meet with Henry.
Detectives started investigating the group when Capt Roosevelt Johnson of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station agreed to meet with them. During the meeting, members of the Masonic police group were not able to give sound answers to basic questions thrown at them.
Investigations conducted by detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department found that MFPD was a fake police agency, CBS Local reported. The three individuals were arrested in Santa Clarita on April 29.
“Masonic Fraternal Police Department is the Knights Templars”
MFPD claims to be the oldest and most respected organization in the world, protecting Grand Masters around various states facing tough security risks, the group said on its website. They claimed to be the first police department created by Knights Templar back in 1,100 BC. Today, overseeing “1/2 million members throughout the United States.”
“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! We are born into this Organization our bloodlines go deeper than an application. This is more than a job it is an obligation,” the group said.
The group also said they protect the Masonic Sovereign Grand Masters and their Masonic Jurisdictions, including other fraternities, sororities and Greek organizations.
“Our mission is to preserve the integrity, honor and legacy of our Founding Fathers, Masonic Organizations, all Grand Masters and their Constitution /By Laws. We will uphold our sworn obligation to protect Sovereign Grand Masters and their jurisdictions.”
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