Author: SL Lee
Date: 12-01-09 19:44
Seattle cop-killer Maurice Clemmons drove across the country to New York in June to see a Manhattan minister, declaring God told him to make the trip.
He disturbed a June 13 prayer service, trying to rush the stage and yelling.
The next day, he approached Bishop Bernard Jordan at a gala banquet to say he was on the lam from the police.
"Then he said he was Jesus. I was kind of shocked," Jordan told the Daily News.
"We said, 'If you keep talking like that, you will be locked up and put away.' I'm not a professional in mental health, but you can always tell when someone's nuts."
Even more disturbing, Jordan said, was that Clemmons traveled to New York with a sidekick who clearly had bought into his delusions.
"There was another guy with him saying, 'My man here is Jesus and he has worked miracles,'" the minister recounted.
Video shot of Jordan's birthday banquet at the Grand Hyatt on 42nd St. shows the other man, whose last name is Carlisle, trying to convince Jordan that Clemmons is Jesus Christ.
It also shows Clemmons telling Jordan that he showed up without registering because "God called me."
Jordan, who says he is a prophet, has a TV show on BET and runs a lucrative "cyber-ministy" on Riverside Drive, said he counseled Clemmons to turn himself in.
"I do believe that God does speak. If he felt that he had to drive three days to get here, I had a responsibility to help him," Jordan said.
"I told him to turn himself in. I told him, 'I am sensing strongly that this is something you should do. You should not be on the run. You should get help.'"
Clemmons, who used a Twitter account solely to try and contact Jordan and logged into Jordan's online chats, appears to have listened to the minister.
Two weeks later, he showed up at a July 1 court hearing in Seattle and was promptly arrested on numerous outstanding charges.
Police had been looking for Clemmons since May, when he punched a cop in the face during a domestic dispute at his house and threw bricks through windows of houses and cars on his street.
More seriously, he was also charged with child rape for ordering two young relatives to strip naked and fondle him for what he called religious reasons.
Clemmons spent the following months in prison and was released on bail last week.
He got out of jail in such a fury that he went out Sunday and shot four random uniformed cops doing paperwork in a coffee shop, according to Seattle officials.
"The only motive we have is that he decided he was going to go kill police officers. He was angry about being incarcerated for the eight or nine weeks prior to the shootings," said Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer.
Clemmons was shot dead Tuesday by a Seattle patrolman investigating his broken-down car.
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