Saturday, October 29, 2011

Caught on camera: Shocking abuse at California boot camp under 'sergeant' who 'posed as police officer to kidnap children'

Blog author note:
Where in the world was CPS?! This is totally sick!

By Paul Bentley

Shocking videos have emerged showing horrific abuse suffered by children at a boot camp in California, under a 'sergeant' who has since been arrested for posing as a police officer to kidnap a minor.
Kelvin 'Sergeant Mac' McFarland was arrested in May after he allegedly kidnapped a 14-year-old schoolgirl while pretending to be a police officer, before demanding money from her parents in exchange for her return.

Videos which have been leaked since his arrest appear to show instructors at his 'boot camp' abusing children - intimidating them by screaming abuse inches from their faces before heckling them as they vomit due to exhaustion.

In one of the videos a young boy starts to collapse after lugging around a car tire.

He is then set upon by a team on instructors, screaming abuse centimetres from his face.
One raises his arm at one moment before the boy starts retching and collapses to the ground.
In another video a group of teens appear to be forced to drink large bottles of water in one gulp.
One by one they vomit on the floor as the instructors continue to shout at them to carry on drinking.
Camera phones can be seen thrust into the children's faces as they keel over.

The videos, obtained by the Pasadena Star-News, come after Kelvin McFarland was arrested on May 27 under charges of 'kidnapping, child abuse, false imprisonment, extortion and unlawful use of a badge'.
According to officials, he posed as a police officer and handcuffed a 14-year-old girl who was playing truant from school.

He is then alleged to have held her captive while demanding money from her parents to fund his boot camp.

Some of McFarland's clients have, however, come to his defence since the release of the videos, saying his boot camp programme changed their children's lives for the better.

McFarland served in the military before leaving to set up the Family First Growth Camp in Pasadena.


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