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Ariz. Police Biker Club Officers Fired for Bar Fight

July 23, 2013  | 

Several Arizona officers have been fired and others may face charges for their roles in a Prescott bar fight as members of the Iron Brotherhood police biker club, reports the Daily Courier.

The Maricopa County District Attorney's Office continues to review the case, following an Arizona DPS investigation that recommended criminal charges against the officers.

The DPS report recommended charges of felony obstruction of criminal investigations and misdemeanor false reporting to law enforcement against former Prescott Valley Police Chief Bill Fessler and former Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking Sgt. Bill Suttle and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct against Justin Stafford, whose nose was broken in the Dec. 22 fight at Moctezuma's in Prescott.

Phoenix Police Officer Eric Amato and Prescott Valley Cpl. Gregory Kaufmann, who threw punches according to the DPS report, could face possible misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct. Yavapai County Deputy Mark Boan was fired May 17 for his conduct during the investigation. A DPS spokesman told the Daily Courier the agency plans to fire Officer Bryce Bigalow for his role in the incident.

Tags: Off-Duty Incidents, Officer Misconduct, Arizona DPS, Phoenix PD, Police Chiefs, Prosecutors


Comments (9)

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Troop @ 7/23/2013 11:53 AM

Sad that when cops join these biker groups they start acting like 1% ers. Real clowns. Go find a job at Walmart.

Masutatsu M. @ 7/23/2013 3:20 PM

In Japanese there is an expression for doing something that creates "bad potential." We call the potential for bad things "bad angee." Things like driving drunk, speeding, getting stoned all carry "bad angee." Getting drunk at a biker bar is classic bad angee, and it is sad but not surprising that this practice led to these sad results.

Sherry @ 7/23/2013 8:35 PM

Well you would think they should be bound and have criminal charges filed on them just as they have done to others in the past, maybe it is Karma. ?

Cubs Fan @ 7/23/2013 9:10 PM

I've seen far more coworkers lose their careers for off duty conduct than for on duty actions. It seems that most of the time alcohol is involved. Acting like some kind of biker gang when you are in law enforcement is asking for problems. Find a new hobby wanna be 1 percenters with badges.

TH133 @ 7/24/2013 11:03 AM

The only motorcycle group I would belong to is the Blue Knights. Right in the charter it talks about being for obeying all laws and encourages the use of helmets even in states that it is not manditory. Might be wrong because there are wrotten eggs in every group but I have never hear of any of there clup members causing a problem.

rob @ 7/29/2013 5:53 AM

from my understanding, and what is NOT being reported, is that the complainant is a prospect for the hells angel MC club and that this was done so he could get in, and tha he also has a long criminal history. But as we know, the media never slants the truth.

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/27/2013 7:15 AM

Arizona and New Mexico Law Enforcement are at the same level of integrety. They are easily bought and will gladly serve any master.

OCSO60 @ 9/30/2013 7:21 AM

Ima, why do you even say anything. It's always bad. We all know you hate LEO's. Sorry for your many arrests, but it had to be done.

jim rigney @ 10/17/2013 5:20 AM

Wow not good.

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