March 15, 2013
It seemed clear to many at the time that it was a politically motivated and unjustified arrest. It seems clearer today.
At the time of the arrest, Fitial's then adviser John Joyner went on KSPN News and publicly claimed that when Brian was at the governor's office building he made threatening statements. Brian Kendall said he did not threaten the governor. From the Marianas Variety:
“I never said I was going to kill Fitial but I may have said ‘I’m surprised there’s not more armed public outrage at the governor’s back door,’ ” said Kendall.In fact, as I wrote in a previous post, Fitial Reinforcing His Castle, if Kendall actually made terroristic threats to the governor then he would have been immediately arrested. In fact, he was arrested the day after the alleged incident. He was arrested only after the police and Fitial thugs could coordinate the affidavits to justify the trumped up charges.
Now Joyner is admitting that he was coerced into making statements that ultimately led to Kendall's arrest. From the Marianas Variety:
Apparently, Joyner was “stunned” at the arrest of Kendall because he never told officers that Kendall directly threatened the life of Fitial as stated in the prosecution’s affidavit.
In a round-robin telephone clarification campaign on Friday, Joyner himself phoned Kendall’s public defender Benjamin Petersburg and the prosecutor.
During the conversations Joyner described a rash of interviews with police wherein they coached his language of the now debunked “terrorist” exchange in order to justify Judge David Wiseman’s signature on the arrest warrant.The arrest of Brian Kendall appears to be one of the final vindictive acts from a flailing, narcissistic governor who was going down and wanted to take out anyone who he perceived as a contributor to his political demise. Fitial arranged for some political allies to get Glen Hunter fired from his private job and he appears to have played a role in the orchestrated the arrest of Brian Kendall. Both Hunter and Kendall were vocal opponents who called for Fitial's impeachment; both support the end of political corruption in the CNMI.
There should be a complete investigation into Brian Kendall's arrest. Any person in the governor's office who may have been involved in promoting this arrest should be thoroughly investigated, including the former governor's thug body guard and DPS officer Nekaifes, press secretary Angel Demapan, John Joyner and Benigno Fitial. Any person who attempts to quench a person's constitutional rights to freedom of speech with a false arrest should be prosecuted. I hope that U.S. officials investigate this case, where a violation of civil rights appears to have taken place.
Under Governor Fitial's rule, the CNMI Department of Public Safety was run as the governor's private thug squad where officers were used to manipulate his corrupt agenda. Finally, under the direction of newly installed police commissioner James Deleon Guerrero, the corrupt Department of Public Safety appears to be undergoing a cleanup. The commissioner supports getting rid of known drug user who are officers, which is a no brainer.
But there are other offenders currently employed by DPS who have to go, including those involved in violent domestic abuse and assaults. One of the most notorious thugs working at DPS is Jesse Dubrall
who brutally beat an innocent Chinese worker in a notorious false arrest case. He should not be employed by an agency tasked with protecting the public, nor should any of the other rogue cops.
The three officers, who were recently charged with serious offenses involving the escape of fugitive Edward Buckingham III, need to be terminated.
As for the case of the false arrest of Brian Kendall, hopefully, the corrupt officers who coached individuals to phrase their words to ensure an arrest will themselves be charged.