[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In a strange story that could have embarrassing and negative effects on the U.S. Senate campaign of California Democrat Attorney General Kamala Harris, an aide to Harris, and two others have been arrested for allegedly running a rogue, underground police force.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Brandon Kiel, 31, an aide to Harris, David Henry and Tonette Hayes are accused of impersonating a police officer, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, as reported by the LA Times. Kiel has also worked as deputy director of community affairs at the California Department of Justice.
The accused claimed to be part of the “Masonic Fraternal Police Department” (MFPD) and descendents of the Knights Templar and that their organization has sovereign jurisdiction in 33 states, and in Mexico.
The LA Times reports:
The arrest of Kiel is a potential embarrassment to Harris, a U.S. Senate candidate who often refers to herself as California’s “top cop.” But given Kiel’s junior role on her staff, his arrest is unlikely to inflict serious political damage on Harris.
Harris, a Democrat, is a former San Francisco district attorney who was reelected as California attorney general in November.
Suspicions about the Masonic Fraternal Police Department — whose members trace their origins to the Knights Templar — were aroused when various police chiefs in Southern California received a letter in late January that announced new leadership for the group, sheriff’s officials said.
After the letters were mailed, a man claiming to be Kiel and describing himself as the police force’s “chief deputy director” called various law enforcement agencies to schedule in-person meetings, sheriff’s officials said.
Harris, considered a rising star in the Democrat-dominated state, is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Senator Barbara Boxer.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]CBS Los Angeles reports that badges, identification cards, weapons, uniforms and police-type vehicles were all recovered during the investigation.