Salina A Kansas man said officials should have helped him arrest President Barack Obama instead of seizing the handcuffs he planned to use to restrain the commander-in-chief.
Neil Jednoralski, 65, of Salina, claims that President Obama has British and Indonesian citizenship and is committing fraud by impersonating a person eligible to be president. Obama has repeatedly refuted such claims.
The Salina Journal reports that Jednoralski had announced his plan to arrest the president to the Kansas Highway Patrol and to Attorney General Derek Schmidt, whom he hoped would prosecute the president.
Instead of providing help, Schmidt's office confirms it informed the Secret Service. Jednoralski received a visit from a Secret Service agent and law enforcement officials at his home Monday evening in advance of Obama's speech Tuesday in Osawatomie, about 150 miles away. Jednoralski, a business owner, self-proclaimed tea party member and former candidate for state representative, was warned that he would be arrested for trespassing if he showed up for the speech.
Jednoralski said officials confiscated a warrant he created for the arrest of Obama. He said they also took a pair of handcuffs he bought specifically to arrest Obama, along with four guns. Jednoralski remained in Salina during the speech. Sheriff Glen Kochanowski said Jednoralski retrieved the items from the sheriff's office Tuesday afternoon.
Ed Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service, declined to discuss the specifics of the Jednoralski case but said each situation is handled individually.
"If we discover someone has made inappropriate comments or has an unusual direction of interest in someone we protect, we have a right and an obligation to determine what their intention is," Donovan said.
Jednoralski said he has planned for a year to arrest Obama under a Kansas law that allows a person to make an arrest.
"The law says if the person has probable cause to believe a person is guilty of a felony," Jednoralski said. "'Cause to believe' is pretty wide."
He wanted to bring Obama to Topeka for the courts to decide if he was eligible to be president.
Jednoralski first posted his intentions online in 2010. Until Monday's visit by the Secret Service, he publicly posted on his Facebook page that he planned to carry out the arrest in Osawatomie.
"I had no thought of endangering the president," said Jednoralski, who believes the Secret Service violated his rights by taking his guns. "I just wanted the courts to decide if he is eligible to be president."