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Brian Statler’s daughter joins lawsuit over his police shooting death at Scientology church

[Brian Statler]

An amended complaint has been filed in the federal civil rights and excessive force lawsuit over the March 27, 2019 police shooting death of Brian Statler at the Inglewood Church of Scientology, and it contains a bombshell.

It confirms on the record what we told you we could only hint at previously, that Statler was the father of a young child by a woman who has now identified herself as Decery Capponi. And although the lawsuit doesn’t mention it, Capponi, according to her own social media accounts, had been the receptionist at the Inglewood Org where Statler was shot dead.

On behalf of her unnamed daughter, Capponi has now joined the lawsuit against the city of Inglewood that was originally filed by Statler’s parents, Missouri resident Brian Statler Sr. and Pennsylvania resident Stacey Meadors.


[Decery Capponi]


We previously reached out to Capponi, whom we had heard left Scientology after the incident, but she hasn’t responded. According to the lawsuit, her daughter by Statler was born in 2017 and was two years old when Statler was killed.

Capponi is listed in one LinkedIn account as the receptionist at the Inglewood Ideal Org, but in another as having worked at the Los Angeles Ideal Org as the “Deputy Executive Director” from July 2018 to May 2019. It’s our understanding that she has subsequently left her employment with the church since then. [According to her Facebook page, she is still on staff at a Scientology org.]

The new complaint, as was the case with the previous one it replaces, makes no mention of Scientology whatsoever. It is presented as the demand of aggrieved family members suing the city of Inglewood for the death of Statler, who, they claim, was doing nothing to deserve being shot dead by police.

We have made repeated attempts to get more information about that day’s incident from the Inglewood Police Department, only to be told that it is still investigating.

According to reports soon after the incident, Statler had arrived at the Inglewood org driving a new white Bentley automobile that still had dealer plates. He went into the org reportedly with a “samurai sword,” and police were called. After some kind of confrontation, Statler was shot dead and two of the police officers received bullet wounds. Initially, police said Statler “opened fire” on them, but since he was supposedly armed with a sword, we suspect the policemen may have accidentally shot each other in crossfire. For that reason, it seems most obvious, the police department is keeping quiet about what happened.

So we’re only a little closer to understanding what happened that day. It seems clear that Statler was at the Inglewood Scientology facility because the mother of his young child had worked there as a receptionist. But was she present that day or had she, as her LinkedIn account suggests, transferred to a new position at the Los Angeles Org on Sunset Boulevard?

We still have a lot of questions about this incident, and we’ll keep looking for answers.

Here’s the new amended complaint itself…


Statler v. Inglewood: Amend… by Tony Ortega on Scribd


Bonus items from our tipsters


What virus?


Actual caption: “Spring break is here and schools are out! With all the extra time, you can start on a course or complete your next step! Come over to Tampa Church of Scientology and we’ll get you started! We’ll even show you a little history about the building since it was one of the largest cigar factories.”

Why isolate at home when you can drop your kid off at the org for some child abuse?


That’s one way to react to the Xenu story, one supposes…




Source Code

“Some fellow by the name of Snitz, or Smutty, or something out in some state or another has written a book called, ‘What Happened To The Tens of Thousands.’ I’ve never read this book, but I think this is probably a very interesting piece of slander if I know anything else of this young commie. But, I didn’t say he was a commie, he said so. He said he left the party a long time ago, though, last October….What happened to the tens of thousands, he wants to know. What happened to the tens of thousands of people who were in there in Dianetics. Well I can tell you what happened to the tens of thousands of people, is Hubbard didn’t hypnotize them. He told them the truth….Everybody knew everything was being run at sixes and sevens. This wouldn’t be news to anybody. It wouldn’t have anything to do with whether or not there was horrible scandal, or upset, or good jobs of processing or bad jobs of processing. Just nobody started out to make a large cult composed of numerous people. Somebody set out to inform people of everything he knew that was true. And of course it didn’t make a population heavy game. And then a few of us kept on going because we weren’t satisfied that all the answers were in sight. We weren’t satisfied that we knew all the procedures which could be best employed. And we have actually invented a bunch of brand new games on top of games, in some cases. But we’re not aware of these, we’ve just learned how to teach somebody, seven years after Dianetics. What happened to the tens of thousands? They weren’t hypnotized. If those had been tens of thousands of people in psychology they would not now we a hundred million. This is for sure. When you start out to set people free then you have to inform them.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 20, 1957


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I doubt there is any Planetary Engram and now believe the K–T extinction — abbreviated Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction, also called K–Pg extinction or Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction — is factually the basis of his claim of a wall of fire, though I know there to be such a thing that is capable of producing perceived heat that can for-fact reduce a self to a blithering idiot. If we go off-world this gets wild but there is just no chance of inter-stellar travel by physical craft. The mind has no such limitations.”


Random Howdy

“I’m surprised Gary Glitter didn’t become a Scientologist. It would have been the perfect cover for his degraded beingness.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for April 14 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Waiting for an appellate decision from the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for April 16
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology: April 22 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), June (demurrers by Masterson and Scientology), June (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, depositions (Warren McShane, Lynn Farny), April 20 hearing set (motion to compel arbitration)
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed.


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Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Kelly Preston, Jason Dohring, and Anne Archer]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] An eyewitness report from Scientology’s LRH Birthday Event Saturday in Los Angeles
[TWO years ago] Ginger Sugerman is facing enormous challenges — and here’s how you can help
[THREE years ago] Judge: Testimony about Scientology’s abuses so bad, it should get kicked out of the country
[FOUR years ago] Got a war wound? Scientology can help you with that, and more in our social media review
[FIVE years ago] ‘Going Clear’: Jason Beghe, the actor who left Scientology and made a stink about it
[SIX years ago] What will you do with your Scientology E-meter tchotchkes?
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Ordered to Turn Over Confidential Files in Forced-Abortion Lawsuit
[EIGHT years ago] Jonny Jacobsen: A Q&A with Europe’s Premier Scientology Blogger


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,883 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,387 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,907 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 927 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 818 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,125 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,993 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,767 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,541 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,887 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,453 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,372 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,540 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,121 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,382 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,420 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,133 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,658 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,185 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,748 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,888 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,208 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,063 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,183 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,538 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,841 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,947 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,349 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,221 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,804 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,299 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,553 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,662 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 20, 2020 at 07:00

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