Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department Execution in Murphy, North Carolina

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 5 days ago

I know a bit more about this incident than what’s contained in the video (and cannot share at the moment), although the video itself should be disturbing enough to watch.  Basically, this is an execution for no good reason whatsoever.

As I’ve said before and will continue to say, “You’re never in more danger than when the police are around.”  And by the way, if you love someone, don’t ever send the police to their home to conduct a “wellness check.”  If they were well before the police arrive, they won’t be afterwards.


  1. On January 19, 2023 at 12:58 am, Chris Mallory said:

    I have yet to see any evidence that government employees should be allowed to keep the privilege of being armed while on the job. Governments and their minions do not have rights, they have delegated privileges. I see no reason why LEOs should be dressed in BDUs/Combat fatigues and wear helmets and face masks. I know, the badge fluffers will be here soon with their cries of “Muh constitutional sheriff”. A sheriff is just a politician and a LEO, remember that.

  2. On January 19, 2023 at 2:36 am, James said:

    this makes me sick. we all know that no departmental policies were breached. oh well.

  3. On January 19, 2023 at 7:59 am, 41mag said:

    Did the man die from his wounds received? The video and little news I found didn’t say. Smart to have their camera going, notice the one murder suspect says the F-bomb in a negative way. Likely can’t prove anything in court but to me that’s admission that he knew he was wrong to shoot the man.

  4. On January 19, 2023 at 10:03 am, HouseWolf said:

    Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, has apparently been omitted from these individuals training. Hopefully the following will be applied.



    Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
    For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials. It is not necessary that the crime be motivated by animus toward the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of the victim.

    The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.

    TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

  5. On January 19, 2023 at 10:54 am, george 1 said:

    So I suppose these imbeciles are using the excuse that they thought this man had a firearm because he was holding the drone which they tossed into the residence. The cops wanted to shoot this man. How else can you explain this.

    We have reached peak authoritarian BS. I say as their sentence they should be made to join a mercenary group being sent to the Bakhmut front lines. There they can use their incredible skills to fight people who are actually a danger to them. Perhaps they can bring their little drone and see if it is worth anything.

  6. On January 19, 2023 at 11:48 am, Bill Sullivan said:

    The video will not play.

  7. On January 19, 2023 at 11:55 am, StBernardnot said:

    Every fn day we have to see these pigs breaking the laws up to including murder as we just witnessed again. No excuses. We all witnessed a murder by a fn pig today.

  8. On January 19, 2023 at 12:16 pm, Herschel Smith said:


    It does for me. If it doesn’t for you, go to the URL I highlighted in the text. I did that for those who couldn’t get it to play assuming that may happen.

  9. On January 19, 2023 at 12:35 pm, Longbow said:

    That was an execution.

    I keep saying this, but it is the Law Imposement culture that is to blame.

    “I can’t be wrong! I’m a Law Imposement Officer! Hell, I gots a Super Hero Costume and a Magic Shield and everthang! What ever it was that I done, it had to be the right thing to do because it was me what dunnit! I’m Law Imposement!”

    After the shooting, the other cops are telling the shooter(s), “It’s alright Bud, you did the right thang. We got yer back.”

    Then they stand around kicking sand, blaming the victim for failure to grovel. “Why didn’t he just submit and comply?” This is the Sheriff Teasle excuse.

    Then there is always the Waingro excuse, “Look, I had to get it on. He was makin’ a move. I had to get it on!”

    Then they go back to the office and write up an official statemnent which exonerates themselves, and shifts the blame to the victim. Then, once it is on paper, its “documented” and that makes it the “truth” (How dare you question my integrity…!).

    SS, DD.

    If there wasn’t video, these cops would get away with murder every day. I’m surprised they didn’t try to throw down a junk gun.

  10. On January 19, 2023 at 1:35 pm, PGF said:

    Police love to make you crawl, begging for your life.

  11. On January 19, 2023 at 1:44 pm, Paul B said:

    Bunch of storm troopers. Keep a bull horn by the door. Yell back to them amplified.

    Does not matter what this guy did, they wanted to kill him so that is pre-meditated murder. Nothing less would suffice.

  12. On January 19, 2023 at 9:18 pm, Okanogan Offgrid said:

    We the People need to start having trials where “following procedure” is not allowed as a defense just like “following orders” wasn’t accepted at Nuremberg.

    We also need a way to get rid of that “qualified immunity” that keeps people from suing those filthy pigs directly.

  13. On January 19, 2023 at 11:19 pm, Sisu said:


    I appreciate you sharing this event; and I don’t want to discourage you from doing so in the future. But, you, your friends and local readers need to acknowledge your own biases.

    Very disturbing. And, yet comments to other posts on this site “instruct”: leave your violent or tyrannical state; “vote with your feet”, relocate to … NC and the like. …

    There is something in scripture about “eyes, specks and logs” …

    It may serve your readers and all in this country, regardless of state or locale, well … if we would admit we need to “fight” to remediate the corruption nearest to us before we condemn those who live elsewhere (many of whom are more courageous because they do not “vote with their feet” than those who flee).

    Some close to me have moved to NC, … I don’t understand “why ?”.

    Yet, this episode confirms for me the more one attempts to isolate themself and ignore the environment they live in, the more vulnerable they become. …

    “Situational awareness” should be applied first and foremost with familiarity of the neighbors “all” around you, the community you live in, the communities which surround you, your government, law enforcement, etc. …

    If you think you can ignore these factors, watch the video again.

    Last, the perpetrators in this video are members of your family, neighbors, friends, community, … and by extension the second + degrees after that. It is not “you” against “them” it is “you”; accept responsibility.

    Go be outspoken at your village, town, county trustee meetings. Make Mr. Kloepfer’s sacrifice give you purpose; condemn the “parasites” who are “just following orders” (executing their “training”).

  14. On January 20, 2023 at 8:50 am, xtphreak said:

    David Codrea links to “that other site not to be named” where it says the victim is in the hospital in Chattanooga.
    So not murder, but attempted murder for sure.
    Premeditated probably.
    As a resident of the WNC hills, I can assure you that grudges, feuds and convoluted intertwined relationships do exist and if investigated, at least one of the “LEOs” had a reason to want him dead.

  15. On January 20, 2023 at 10:43 am, Latigo Morgan said:

    Fellow was obviously guilty of the most heinous of crimes, “Kontempt of Kop”. A crime so depraved it requires summary execution in the field without a trial.

  16. On January 20, 2023 at 10:54 am, george 1 said:

    As reported on Wester Rifle Shooters, the news media slavishly defends the cops:

    These people are lying sacks of crap.

    “SWAT team members shoot man who confronted officers in Murphy, NC, sheriff says. A man from Murphy, North Carolina is now recovering in a Chattanooga hospital after SWAT team members were forced to shoot him after he confronted officers, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office,” ABC 13 News “reported.”

    “The sheriff’s office says Kloepfer eventually came outside and confronted officers, forcing them to shoot the suspect,” Local 3 News mirrors.

  17. On January 20, 2023 at 10:55 am, george 1 said:

    I guess he confronted them with the little drone.

  18. On January 20, 2023 at 12:10 pm, X said:

    “NOBODY needs an assault weapon”… “Weapons of war don’t belong on our streets,” LOL.

  19. On January 20, 2023 at 3:20 pm, Bradley A Graham said:

    I’m quite shocked PD didn’t burn the place down first.

    Never forget. Every single day, LEO’S train to kill you and your family using your tax dollars.

  20. On January 22, 2023 at 6:14 pm, Okanogan Offgrid said:

    Big Country Expat does a great job on this one.

    Note the change in the second press release from the first one.

    Also the pig who sees the camera and blurts out “Fuck bro, Fuck… there’s a camera! We’re fucked!”

  21. On January 23, 2023 at 12:22 pm, luke2236 said:

    Every one of those #%^*( ‘cops’ should be shot in the same way the victim was. They knew they were wrong – as evidenced by the comments at the end when they discovered they were on camera – but did it anyway. Attempted murder. Period. Bastards.
    And WHAT IN %^&** are ‘indian’ police doing there? WHY are there separate ‘indian’ police, much less swat teams?!?!?!? They incorrectly claim to be ‘native americans’, so why dont they act like Americans? Why do they get their own separate ‘police forces’? The Celts were here first, and Im of Celtic heritage, so dammit, I want MY own Celtic cops!

    Been sayin it for 40 years – your local police dept is public enemy #1… if youre White at least.

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