The man who called himself “Maserati Mike” and showed up with a long gun on Wednesday outside the Kenosha County courthouse is a licensed police officer from Ferguson, Missouri.
Jesse T. Kline confirmed his identity to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Thursday.
Further, in response to a request from the Sentinel Journal, Ferguson Police Chief Frank McCall Jr. wrote in an email: “I can confirm this is ex-officer Jesse Kline who was fired by the Ferguson Police Department several years ago. “
In recent days, Kline has been seen outside the Kenosha County Courthouse as the jury deliberates in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial. When he showed up with the long gun on Wednesday, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputies asked him to put the gun away and he complied.
On Thursday, he was seen carrying a gun holster. It could not be determined if it was empty. He was also talking on a megaphone and parading with a dog. He appeared to be in Kenosha to support Rittenhouse.
According to media reports, Kline was arrested in August 2018 in the St. Louis suburb of Maplewood. He allegedly followed a woman he had been romantically involved with to another man’s home.
KSDK.com reported that according to the billing documents: “Kline jumped out of the man’s garden and pointed a gun at him. When the man refused to listen to Kline, Kline pushed the man in the chest with the barrel of the gun.
“Kline then called the woman ‘vulgar names’ and walked away from the house,” the report said.
Kline, who was off duty at the time of the incident, was charged with criminal harassment, unlawful use of a weapon and assault.
In January 2020, the charges were dropped according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
The newspaper reported: “Judge Joseph L. Walsh III closed the case because the man’s ex-girlfriend and a witness did not cooperate and did not appear for the hearings and testimony , according to the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office Wesley Bell. “
The newspaper reported that Kline was “hired by Ferguson Police in November 2015 and was a member of the K-9 Patrol Division prior to his arrest.”
Ferguson was at the scene of the unrest in 2014 after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer.
Sentinel Journal reporter Mary Spicuzza contributed to this article.
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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: ‘Maserati Mike’ identified as fired Ferguson, Missouri police officer