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2/20/2013 10:14:00 PM
Video: Whiskey Row bar fight involving police officers

Raw Surveillance video of the December 22, 2012 Whiskey Row bar fight involving members of the Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club in Prescott, Ariz. This video contains select sequences from different cameras mounted in the bar and was obtained by The Daily Courier from the Arizona Department of Public Safety through an Arizona Public Records Law request. (This video has no sound)

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: David Casian

LEO's as a organized motorcycle club??? They are no different then the so called OMG's. If you put a patch on your back other then one that rep. the city or unit you work then it is apple for apples. you simply con not walk in the middle of the road, your either a peace officer or your not, putting your self in the position of a OMG (three piece patch) then you are a OMG ... this action is an example of such cops acting like thugs..

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: Mr Maverick

What is the hold up on firing the police involved? Our officials still are stonewalling, doing nothing hoping the citizens will forget this incident. Where is our City Prosecutor and why is he not issuing some incitements or calling for a grand jury? Obviously the prosecutor’s office has something to hide also. One of our prosecutors is waiting to be promoted to judge. This is a travesty of justice to promote the same people who allowed this scandal to happen then promote them to be a judge.

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: Jar Dream weaver

I am curious have the IB paid for their reserved parking permit for the parking spaces on Whiskey Row that night or are they going to get away without paying?? Every one else has to pay Prescott for those permits!! If they haven't paid it should be with held from their next pay check!!

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

I said in another thread that I doubt there will be any report. Why? Because the dude that punched out the drunk was never identified nor named. There were no arrests. And the local cops have retired, so they cannot be reprimanded nor let go. The rest of them are probably retired LEOs, who cares about them. I think the DPS will just say OH WELL.

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: where is the police report

I am wondering where the police report is at this time,and what is going on with the investigation of the officers that thought it okay to be in a bar fight ? This report was promised to the public last month by the D.P.S.

Posted: Monday, April 01, 2013
Article comment by: MARIE PANZARELLA


Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Article comment by: Dodge Ball

@ Another opinion @ Questions to ponder

It's apparent that you are playing the same game of dodgeball that these law enforcement leaders were playing the night of the incident and are currently playing now trying to justify and defend their actions and inactions:

Dodge- The truth and the truth seekers.
Duck- The bar rules and badge your way in
Dive- Out of the backdoor to avoid detection
Divert-The investigators
Defend- Their actions, Their behavior, Their right to be a part of a patched m/c club that looks the HA, Their right to serve and protect the members and interest of the IBMC club, Their right to wear a 3 piece patch "because they can"
Deflect- The incident by acting the part of a victim and blaming others..

If these are your expectations and the type of leadership you want in your Police Chief, Acting Police Chief, PANT Commander, Captains, Corporal, Deputy and Officer, then by all means take those involved and start your own police force in Siberia.

As far as me and many others are concerned, We expect more out of law enforcement LEADERSHIP. We expect them to be setting the best example possible. We expect them to be leaders of character. We expect them to be pillars in their communities. We expect them to conduct their personal and professional lives so as not to bring discredit upon on their profession, their departments, the people they lead and the citizens they serve.

We don't expect them to be perfect, but we certainly don't expect this type of non-sensical embarassing behavior out of a group of top law enforcement leaders. All we really expect, is for them to live up to those same set of high standards that every officer commits to upon entering the profession. Is that asking too much?

And by the way, walking away at the first hint of trouble was ALWAYS an option for every officer/IB member involved.

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Article comment by: Lumpy Rutherford

@ Another Opinion: If you pull out a piece on this guy on the street you'll likely go to jail, you know that don't you? I hope so because it's true. If that cop had not been drinking at all and pulled a gun on that drunk he'd be tended to by his fellow cops even if no shot was fired and if he fires a shot he'd be tended to by some lovely men in Florence.

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Article comment by: @Another Opinion

Um, I think the guy with the bandana and hat is a bar employee. Your so called 'lunge' looks like he is trying to pull the ''cop'' off another patron that the ''cop' is punching. Are we watching the same video?

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Another Opinion

The video shows the drunk man with a bandana around his neck and ball cap on his head lunging several feet at an officer who was not near him. He had his arms outstretched and grabbed him in an aggressive manner. The officer was pushed into a wall by the drunken aggressor. Another officer pulled the aggressive man off and punched him once or twice. On the street, he would have legally pulled his gun on a man who assaulted someone and who was still grabbing and punching. Others got involved and it became a brawl.

Imo, the aggressor was the drunk. It's clear. Because another officer punched him to protect the other officer AND himself is not a problem imo.

The bar served that drunk too much and in doing so jeopardized everyone who was in that establishment

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Another Opinion

I watched the grainy video. It seems the young man was very drunk. In fact he walked away from the confrontation he initiated and only after some communication with his friends did he fall to the ground. He was not incapacitated from a punch or two, but from alcohol.

Imo, he knew he was in a position to cause trouble for LE and may have caused the confrontation purposely. His friends took him to the hospital to document injuries he may or may not have had from the incident itself.

Self inflicted or made to look worse? Not a stretch imo, if it meant "winning".

I think there is more to this story and the rush to judgment by most of the commenters here is proof of that to me. Most of us have no problem with LE.

Alcohol was involved. Over serving. When a bar allows drunk people inside and continues to serve them, they are also liable, imo. When a bartender serves a patron to the point that they are visibly impaired that is a liability to the bar, imo.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: How sad for you

@ Have Camera Will Travel

You really have nothing better to do than follow the cops around with a camcorder? Seriously?

I applaud you getting out of mom's basement during the day, but you need to take up stamp collecting or better yet volunteer your time at a social service agency.

If you decide to go through with this, please report back to us in a month or two and let us all know how your little movie making project goes. We could all use the chuckl.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Have Camera Will Travel

Cop Block has my vote . I have attempted this on my own . I must confess it was an uphill struggle . It seems a certain Prescott Sgt. frown's on this kind of activity . Not to mention the $500 fine . Unwarranted -- but much cheeper than fighting city hall ..

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Re: william jakimow

Thank you for the info and here is a link that everyone should visit including the courier employees.

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: mandy brown

commercial drivers are subject to stricter rules and are held to higher standards as they are professionals. Shouldn't law enforcement also be held to higher standards as they should know better. what are the consequences going to be for the obvious cover up, where are the aggravated assault charges?

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: william jakimow

"Prescott Cop Block' !!...coming to Prescott soon.....Search You Tube.....Cop Block 101

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: To: @loco in pv

I never do this, because I know we all make mistakes and a spelling error here and there. But just for fun, thought I'd tell you it's actually "you're welcome", as in "you are welcome".

You're welcome.

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Question for the Iron Brotherhood

As LEO's, you all know that most of the bars in this town have security cameras that record. So, there is no way that you all were unaware of the fact that your actions were being recorded. From the footage posted, none of you seemed to care. So, how can you have and show such blatant disrespect for the laws you were hired to uphold? ...How can you show your faces in public, let alone go to work every day? Man-up gentleman, do the right thing and turn in your resignations.

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Who are @ @ Coyote Contraire™ and @@@@ Coyote Contraire™ directing their

comments to, anyway?

At At Coyote Contraire™ appears to be responding to an unknown poster who responded to Coyote Contraire™.

AT AT AT AT Coyote Contraire™ appears to be responding to an unknown poster responding to an unknown poster responding to an unknown poster who responded to Coyote Contraire™.


Is this in any way indicative of the average IQ of an Iron Brotherhood member?

Or just another cover-up via obfuscation and misdirection?


Look over there!

Yep, look at the LEO superiors, etc. and their silence on the matter.

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Questions for Everyone to Ponder

What if you went out to have a fun night for some drinks with about 20 friends. Some of them you know well. Some are just acquaintances. One of the acquaintances in the group throws a punch and a person is hurt. There was a bar full of many people who saw the fight and can identify the person who threw the punch. But instead all the focus of the fight goes to you who did not throw a punch. And not only that but the media has chosen to focus everything on you and one or two others. Why has the person who threw the punch not been identified and the focus go to him where it rightfully belongs?

Why has the Daily Courier and CBS News not taken their superior investigative skills to identify the real perpetrator of the fight? Is it because it is much more newsworthy and National Enquirer-like to focus on the high-profile people involved.

Did you know that there was harassment going on the night of the incident by Mr. Stafford and that he was actually the instigator of what happened. And that he later joked about the event on Facebook?

It’s fairly obvious that a couple of bloggers have a vested interest in this event. One is an LEO who is jealous and holds a grudge against one of the persecuted individuals and the other LEO thinks he stands to gain from the results of the possible outcome of this event. Does everyone know the motives behind all the postings? Everyone has their own agenda, especially the cop and public figure haters. This is a field day for them.

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Ashamed of Yavapai County

FYI... it's gone viral. It's on you tube
"Iron Brotherhood Moctezuma's Altercation". Thousands of people have seen it so far and their comments are very similar to the ones on this blog. Come on DPS, quit dragging your feet. It's past time for action. There needs to be "Iron Brotherhood" members fired and some arrested. We tax payers pay your salaries and we want action now. Get rid of the bad seeds so our "good" cops can do their jobs and people can hopefully gain trust in LE. This black eye on our community needs to heal. This incident can have a negative impact on our community and our economy. Why would tourists want to come here and have to fear rouge cops?

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: @@@@ Coyote Contraire™

You need to be a law enforcement officer to understand.

But thanks for the long winded posts.

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: @ loco in pv



Your welcome.

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Bowden

I have done stupid things in my life. I was held accountable.To me, the outrage here should not be for what happened December 22 (although it certainly should not have happened) but cops are people, and people do stupid things, particularly after a few drinks. If they would "manned up" at the time, I say punish and forget. But they didn't "man up", instead they lied and covered up. The real outrage now is that the PV Police Chief, the Acting Prescott Police Chief and a Commanding Sgt. of the YCSO still have their jobs. At the very least, it's clear they all lied to the investigators, and went out of their way to hide a crime (a misdemeanor at least, and probably a felony). Reason enough, by far, to be summarily fired. We are all acountable for our choices. They chose to do something that should cost them their jobs. The Prescott City Council, the PV City Council and the YC Sheriff should send them packing, or the respective authorities should be sent packing, as soon as we can do so.

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: loco in pv


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