On Targeted Individuals and Richmond’s Strained Police Resources: A Q&A with RPD Captain Gagan

Sean Pyles


Richmond Police Department Captain Mark Gagan has been at the forefront of the city’s handling of “targeted individuals.” These individuals made headlines after the Richmond City Council approved a resolution supporting the ban of space weapons over the city, which they helped spearhead in collaboration with Councilmember Jovanka Beckles.

Critics of the resolution have called the city’s involvement embarrassing and a waste of time. Captain Gagan, the RPD, and even the Mayor’s office have seen their resources strained as targeted individuals -- people who claim they are victims of organized stalking and attacks from space-based weapons in an attempt to control their minds -- reach out from around the world for help from the city. 

Radio Free Richmond talked with Captain Gagan to better understand targeted individuals,  — sometimes referred to as “TI’s” — their impact on the city, and what the RPD is doing to resolve the situation.


Radio Free Richmond (RFR): How long have you been working with the Targeted Individual community?

Captain Gagan (CG): Last fall I was invited to attend a meeting that involved numerous people that felt that they were the victims of harassment and other types of intimidation. It really did appear that many of the people who were reporting this behavior were displaying signs of paranoia.  

Whether it is actually happening or not is almost besides the point. These people are affected and they feel pain. We wanted to be a part of the dialogue with many who are targeted individuals because many come to our attention based on their anxiety and fears. The other thing we wanted to do was to understand how to reduce stigma and shame for people who need help. 


RFR: Chief Magnus expressed that the RPD is being swamped by calls from targeted individuals. Have you experienced this?

CG: This goes back further than the past two weeks. The past two weeks have been less busy, actually. But around November, December, January, some website must have put something out about Richmond PD. I’ve received about 50 phone calls and emails about this since November.

Word has traveled in a network of TI’s that Richmond, California believes them and totally is willing to do everything that they need. That’s not exactly true. We don’t have a task force to try to locate sinister people with satellites that are reading people’s brainwaves. We don’t have an open criminal investigation into the Post Office to see why they’re reading people’s mail. But those are the rumors that are being passed on through these circles. 

I have received calls from around the world — Belfast, Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia. People have called, left messages, emailed me because they have read in certain circles that I and our police department was the only true, legitimate police force that was willing to listen.


RFR: That gets to one of the most difficult issues around the influence of targeted individuals in the city. How do you balance the need to provide mental health services to these people who are experiencing real pain that might be the result of some sort of mental illness?

CG: For me as a police official to say I would give no energy, credibility, or resources to the situation because it’s farfetched would be missing the need for me to make sure that my officers have the right mindset when they’re called to a disturbance or to an out of control situation. It might be one of the targeted individuals who is in crisis.

Many TI’s believe that there are governmental conspiracies and other agencies behind the targeting, including law enforcement at a federal level and a local level. Some of the people feel police and government agencies are not only in on it but the reason that this is happening. That can cause two specific reactions. One, a level of violence or threat against us. Or, it can lead to a resistance to call for help when they really need it for other issues. All of these situations really go towards us needing to listen and understand, and that does not mean that we have to verify or validate some of the symptoms of why they’re afraid.

In my 20 years as an officer I have dealt with numerous people who have very classic perceptions of them being in harms way and being surveilled or harassed. Most of the time, being willing to listen and reassure the person that they’re safe, that you are understanding what they’re saying, and that you want them to be safe and that they are safe. That’s usually a way to cut their tension by about 50%.


RFR: Why do you think the situation has gotten so out of control?

CG: If somebody was choking and gasping for air in a restaurant, you would know what that looks like and you’d help them. But if they were not displaying that obvious sign of panic, you miss it. That’s might explain why some who are well intentioned are over committed to having this be where it needs to be, which is a shift of no longer treating it not as a public safety threat, but rather as a medical, psychiatric emergency where longterm management of these feelings needs to be the focus.


RFR: What is your plan moving forward?

CG: Serving people who are in crisis and relieving their fear, since were are the police and we are public safety, people need to be able to call us. They shouldn’t feel like we, the police department, are doing something like this. Understanding how to successfully deal with them while we’re there, avoiding the use of force, and reducing stigma for those who are in crisis is one of our main goals.

Not once in my emails or conversations with TI’s have I validated somebody saying that a satellite is reading my brainwaves and making me do something. Many of the allegations I have heard about being surveilled are very similar. Rather than validate their concerns, it’s a better longterm strategy for someone with mental health issues to be on a managed, thoughtful care program to keep them on their medication.

I have talked with just about everybody professionally about the need to not focus on sort of the sensational and farfetched allegations, because that’s not what we are trying to address. It’s really that people deserve to not feel fear if they need help. 

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  • Targeted Texans
    commented 2020-02-22 22:12:10 -0800
    Targeted Texans
    · Feb 21
    20 Feb 2020: Please join Richard Lighthouse of http://Targetedjustice.com on Tuesdays at Merus Grill.
    1180 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, Texas. 6pm
    I am actively working at spreading awareness about these programs in any way possible, am a member of Targetedjustice.com and will probably start a website when financially feasible for me to do so, with the fact that I have had much infiltration and manipulation of all online accounts since at least 2012 in mind. If you could post links to the twitter accounts of some of those trying to form community based groups to further activism at every level it would be helpful to all and greatly appreciated.
    Thank you for all the work you have done for us all!
    Keith Lankford
    409-655-8221 https://mobile.twitter.com/KeithLankford15
  • Dan Raleigh
  • Eleanor White
    commented 2018-04-24 15:11:07 -0700
    This web site just prompted me for a reaction to Jean Kilcourse’s post below.

    I posted my reaction a couple of years ago, below, but I would like to add that Captain Gagan may want to think about the fact that official crime statistics in both the U.S. and the UK report that one stalking case out of every eight involve 3 or more stalkers. Statistics Canada reports a similar percentage.

    For Captain Gagan to say organized stalking targets need help “staying on their meds” seems to point to abuse of authority.

    Those who may be interested in the reports containing those statistics can visit this web page:


    Eleanor White
  • Jean Kilcourse
    commented 2018-04-24 12:45:43 -0700
    I am a TI my handlers placed by Federal Agent have terrorized us for 2+years. Their time is running out. After a complaint yesterday to Internal Affairs with video proof , suddenly all movement dismantling equipment packed up and moved to another location. These Obama thugs are going to jail for 20+ years, kids in Fostercare. They want to screw with my life. They have NO CLUE whats coming for them. They screwed with the wrong bitch. They are ugly, jealous monsters protected by broken law enforcement. They too will be investigated😁😁😁😁😁😁
  • Jb Smith
    commented 2017-04-24 12:48:30 -0700
    The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and the brain initiative are the worst scams ever perpetrated on the American people. Former U. S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin Warns: Biochips Hazardous to Your Health: Warning, biochips may cause behavioral changes and high suicide rates. State Attorney Generals are to revoke the licenses of doctors and dentists that implant chips in patients. Chip used illegally for GPS, tracking, organized crime, communication and torture. Virginia state police have been implanting citizens without their knowledge and consent for years and they are dying! Check out William and Mary’s site to see the torture enabled by the biochip and the Active Denial System. See Terrorism and Mental Health by Amin Gadit or A Note on Uberveillance by MG & Katina Michael or Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence by Springer or Mind Control, Microchip Implants and Cybernetics. Check out the audio spotlight by Holosonics. The truth is the biochip works like a sim card. It received pulsed modulated laser beams and millimeter wave which it converts into electromagnetic waves that your brain interprets into digital images and sound. It then takes what your brain sees and hears and converts electromagnetic waves into digital and acoustic waves that a computer translates into audio and video. In other words, it allows law enforcement to see what you see, hear what you hear and communicate directly with your brain.

    “Former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) director and now Google Executive, Regina E. Dugan, has unveiled a super small, ingestible microchip that we can all be expected to swallow by 2017. “A means of authentication,” she calls it, also called an electronic tattoo, which takes NSA spying to whole new levels. She talks of the ‘mechanical mismatch problem between machines and humans,’ and specifically targets 10 – 20 year olds in her rant about the wonderful qualities of this new technology that can stretch in the human body and still be functional. Hailed as a ‘critical shift for research and medicine,’ these biochips would not only allow full access to insurance companies and government agencies to our pharmaceutical med-taking compliancy (or lack thereof), but also a host of other aspects of our lives which are truly none of their business, and certainly an extension of the removal of our freedoms and rights.” Google News

    The ARRA authorizes payments to the states in an effort to encourage Medicaid Providers to adopt and use “certified EHR technology” aka biochips. ARRA will match Medicaid $5 for every $1 a state provides. Hospitals are paid $2 million to create “crisis stabilization wards” (Gitmo’s) where state police torture people – even unto death. They stopped my heart 90 times in 6 hours. Virginia Beach EMT’s were called to the scene. Mary E. Schloendorff, v. The Society of New York Hospital 105 N. E. 92, 93 (N. Y. 1914) Justice Cardozo states, “every human being of adult years and sound mind has a right to determine what shall be done with his own body; and a surgeon who performs an operation without his patient’s consent, commits an assault, for which he is liable in damages. (Pratt v Davis, 224 Ill. 300; Mohr v Williams, 95 Minn. 261.) This case precedent requires police to falsely arrest you or kidnap you and call you a mental health patient in order to force the implant on you. You can also be forced to have a biochip if you have an infectious disease – like Eboli or Aids. Coalition of Justice vs the City of Hampton, VA settled a case out of court for $500,000 and removal of the biochip. Torture is punishable by $1,000 per day up to $2 million; Medical battery is worth $2.05 million. They told my family it was the brain initiative. I checked with the oversight board, and it is not! Mark Warner told me it was research with the Active Denial System by the College of William and Mary, the USAF, and state and local law enforcement. It is called IBEX and it is excruciating. I have had 3 surgeries at the site of the implant and need another. It causes cancer! I’ve been tortured for 8 years by Virginia law enforcement. Thousands of innocent Virginians are being tortured and murdered by criminal cops. Please help us get the word out to end these heinous atrocities. The pain is 24/7. The VA DCJS sent me a letter stating cops can get keys to anyone’s home and steal anything they please. The governor knows and takes his cut. Senator Kaine said the FBI is not involved so he can’t help. Check out Virginia’s Casual Disregard for the Constitution at forbes dot com. Check out Richard Cain’s case. They are torturing infants and children. The active denial system comes in rifle form and can murder without leaving a mark. I have had two heart attacks and am blessed to be alive. We need to make the nation aware to stop these thugs. Now a Dr. Whaley of the Medical Examiner’s office reports covering up murders by cops and selling brains for $6250 each to the NIH. Beware of Riverside and Sentara Hospital. Beware of Dr. Lawrence Chang, Pariser Dermatology, Dr. Nicole Nelson, Dr. Stephen Cunningham, Dr. Sean Flannery, Dr. Mark Shawnik, Dr. Mark Greene, Dr. Shaista Ahsai, and Dr. Lika in her red mercedes, Dee Schwartz, Linda Pfeiffer, and Melody Cox, Belinda Robinson, Karen Rodriguez, and Riverside Emergency Room Physicians, and Dr. Denis Cruff, Dr. Mark Kanter and Hampton Sentara Surgeons and Tidewater Multi-specialty Group and Dr. Elizabeth Cooper. Most of all, beware of state and local police in Virginia. Please help us.
  • Dominic Friscia
    commented 2016-03-09 11:54:45 -0800
    The ‘secret’ is that the psychotropic drugs are pushed on you after you are targeted with remote neural monitoring and V2K and DEW. The psychiatrist that pushed them on me was a complete psychopath. They know they are violating you and don’t care. I have been on them for a year with all of their ‘side effects.’ I read the Mayor’s letter explaining what a Targeted Individual is. There is truth to what the Mayor and Council has said, though the whole truth is not being told. It appears that the police captain is trying to push untruths and minimize the scale to which the public and authorities participate in the program, which is of Manhattan Project like size. Awareness is high, but consciousness is low. If I didn’t have my father, I would be in complete social isolation. I mostly sit in a room isolated as that appears to be the aim of the abusers to keep you under control and depressed. I imagine other people are as well. Do people move to Richmond? Is it different living in a place which semi acknowledges the reality of the program? dominicfriscia@yahoo.com.

    I think that the mayor and city council should be elected to congress. Or it would be beneficial if Congressmen or women would tell the whole truth about it.
  • anonymous anonymous
    commented 2015-09-05 05:01:53 -0700
    Targets are tortured by electronic assaults and it is not mental illness. Targets do not have the devices and technology to prove the harmful signals. An approach to help targets prove the harmful signals, will be of great help. Please help targets .
  • anonymous anonymous
    commented 2015-09-02 20:42:54 -0700
    Targets are tortured by electronic assaults and it is not mental illness. Targets do not have the devices and technology to prove the harmful signals. An approach to help targets prove the harmful signals, will be of great help. Please help targets .
  • Eleanor White
    commented 2015-09-02 19:38:32 -0700
    While there may be a few targets who have mental health issues, this officer is brushing off thousands world wide who do not.

    “Satellites reading brain waves” has not been demonstrated, however there are through-wall-capable technologies capable of doing some of what targets report which have been readily available for decades in very real, working form.

    Beyond that, there are vicious lie campaigns used to turn a target’s community members against the target. Thefts and sabotage at targets’ homes, cars, and workplaces are common. Targets’ children and animals are harassed, and pets have been tortured and sometimes killed while the target is out.

    To wave these crimes off as “mental illness” is shameful.

    Eleanor White
  • John Allman
    commented 2015-09-02 12:18:09 -0700
    This article, dated three months ago, came to my attention only today. I find it remarkable that it has attracted so little comment.

    I do not think that Captain Mark Gagan making blanket assumptions about the mental health of all those who report harassment of the type discussed is helpful.

  • Dwight Mangum
    commented 2015-09-02 10:23:13 -0700
    To force someone to take psychological drugs when not needed is tragic. These drugs have been linked to some of the most tragic events.
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