Why is Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his "men" allowed to get away with murder? Arizona, why do you allow this cruel and contemptuous person to run the Sheriff's office like it is his own personal fiefdom?
By Ray Stern
By Ray Stern
By New Times
By Amy Silverman
By Stephen Lemons
By Stephen Lemons
By Monica Alonzo
By Chris Parker
I'm sitting in a restaurant in Peoria on Monday with the family of Ernest "Marty" Atencio, who was laid to rest today with full military honors.
Next to me is his 29-year-old brother, Eric, a solid, muscular guy who works with his elder brother, Mike, in the family real estate business.
Mike's expression is pained. His eyes sometimes meet mine with an intense stare, as if he is looking past me, perhaps imagining his brother somewhere over my shoulder.
We're discussing Marty Atencio's December 20 death, just days after he was brutalized and Tased repeatedly in MCSO custody. There's an open Bible before us, and Mike is trying to decide which psalm to read at his brother's funeral.
"Read it and tell me what you think," he says of the 35th psalm. "This is where my head's at right now."
The psalm is a prayer for divine justice, meted out to those who have wronged a righteous man.
"Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul," it says, in part. "Let them be as chaff before the wind, and let the angel of the Lord chase them."
Mike, who at 40 was Marty's junior by four years, says the psalm jumped out at him as he leafed through pages of scripture. I read on, and I can see why.
"Let not them that are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me," it states. "Neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without cause."
By now, just about everyone has seen the video of Marty Atencio in custody at Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Fourth Avenue Jail after his arrest on an assault charge by Phoenix police officers on December 15.
And nearly all but the most fanatic Arpaio supporters can acknowledge Atencio as a victim of what the family's lawyer, Mike Manning, referred to as a "jailer's riot."
In the week leading up to the video's release on the Friday before Christmas, MCSO flacks spun a tale of an out-of-control Marty Atencio, who was "combative" and "abusive" toward detention officers. Even those familiar with the MCSO's tactics expected to see a wild man swinging at cops.
But the video showed none of that. Atencio was passive and apparently confused at times, but he did nothing to merit what happened when he was uncuffed and stood before a crowd of jailers and two Phoenix cops.
Eight uniformed men took Atencio to the ground. Others looked on or joined the scrum. Atencio was Tased and hauled off to another room, ironically called a "safe cell" by the MCSO.
There he was stripped by the men atop him, with one kneeing him in the head more than once. They left Atencio in the cell naked and motionless. His stomach heaves once, then never again. Apparently his death sigh.
Later, uniformed men return to the cell. CPR is performed. And Atencio is shipped off, brain-dead, to Saint Joseph's Hospital — where he remained on life support until the doctors assured the family there was no hope of recovery, and the life support was removed.
Mike Atencio called it at the hospital, before his brother was taken off life support: His brother was "dead" in the jail, his body transported to St. Joe's so that the MCSO could claim it was not an "in-custody" death.
At that time, Mike described his brother as having been "murdered" by Arpaio's jail staff. As you can tell from the psalm, his anger has not subsided.
"We never thought we would be victims of Sheriff Joe," Mike says. "We're a stand-up family, very business-oriented. This has really opened our eyes to the inhumanity of what's really going on."
He explains that his family's successful rental-property company has been in business since 1994, begun after Marty returned from service in the Army, where he was stationed in Hawaii.
His father, Joe, is a Vietnam vet who has been married to their mom, Rosemary, for more than 40 years. They're an all-American family and grew up playing football, which Mike and Eric still coach locally in area little leagues.
They remember their brother as a gregarious and warm person who could relate to people of any social class. He liked to shoot pool, play golf, ride motorcycles, and watch the Dallas Cowboys on TV.
"We liked to hang out together," Mike remembers. "He was a great protector of our family. A good big brother."
They describe Marty as super-patriotic and spiritual, and they show me his Veterans Administration identification card, onto which he had pasted the image of an angel.
A few years ago, Mike says, his brother was diagnosed as bipolar. When off his meds, Marty would have bizarre episodes, sometimes encountering law enforcement as a result. Back on his meds, he was a regular guy again.
The night he was arrested, Phoenix police describe erratic behavior: Marty's kicking a door, then chasing a car.
The brothers allege that the MCSO had Marty's medical history and should have known his condition. Nevertheless, before the release of the video, with the MCSO's spin getting repeated in the media, they steeled themselves for the worst.
Why is Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his "men" allowed to get away with murder? Arizona, why do you allow this cruel and contemptuous person to run the Sheriff's office like it is his own personal fiefdom?
For someone who is against illegal immigrants , he sure is treating prisoners like they do in some Mexican prisons. Maybe he was a mexican warden in an earlier life.
After reading this, I want to know who is running against Sheriff Joe so I can volunteer for their campaign. Vote America's little Hitler out of office!
Sheriff Joe has to go, they should put him in lowerbuckeye jail with 30 inmates no place to even lay your head, treat him the way he treats others
Are they going to do anything about this ? or just let these people get away with murder, There is no justice or civil rights of anyone in Az' unless you have money or know someone on the law enforcement, my heart goes out to the family ,This needs to stop , i saw the video he was not being combative,These police officers need to be accountable, It does not matter the color of your skin,We do not have any civil rights in AZ
They have never served a day in jail for any of the deaths. Which have been many to include a blind man , disabled people, women, even a infant and numerous people with broken bones too. And still they go unpunished. It just blows mind mind that if any of us committed those crimes we would be under the jail pronto. But because its a Sheriff they look the other way?? Corruption at its best!
VERY URGENT NEWS ALERT: Ask Gustavo Arellano, Steve Gallardo and Kyrsten Sinema when will the illegal Mexican occupation of the United States of America end?
All law-enforcement have no training in mental illness, even if any officer had any training it would not make that much difference because, Magellan behavioral health system here who has had a contract for five years now and is a private organization for profit. If someone does not have insurance or is not on Medicaid they get no mental health services, they are instructed to tell police officers to take the seriously mentally ill person to jail and they don't have the facilities for people that are mentally ill in the jails.
. More than 12,000 seriously mental ill in the last year have been dropped from the behavioral health called Magellan. These people that they call SMI are walking the streets without their meds and are a risk and danger to themselves and others in many have committed suicide because they can no longer get their meds.
This goes deeper than is explained in the article - he never should have been arrested in the first place with all the signs present of needing crisis services from the behavioral health system. The responding officer could have requested/taken him to those services instead, especially considering the alleged crime was a minor offense.
You could be a vet a bum or the Pope If you attack Police expect to be dealt with severly!!! These deputies are merely men trying to feed their families. The uniform must not turn them into punching bags or targets. Sure they stack the deck in their favor, what do you want, Let's pick sides for a fair fight?
The article indicates that Mr. Artencio was off his meds and had a history of bizzare behaivior whenever he stopped taking his medications. It seems to me that the family is as much as fault as MCSO and Phoenix PD by not keeping a closer watch over their family member. From the video I'm not sure how differently the police should have reacted to a situation where the prisoner obviously was not heeding commands from the jailors. The family knew of Mr. Artencio's condition and they knew he sometimes stopped taking his meds and yet they did nothing. While the MCSO may be liable for not adequately monitoring Mr. Artencio, his family bears some responsibility.
MAJOR NEWSBREAK: When will this occupation of the US by illegal immigrants end?
Ask a Mexican when he / she will end the Mexican illegal occupation of the US and return to Mexico.
I remember marty when he was working at sureway.. he was a good man got me my first apt. The hatred you feel for those that have wronged you in some way you must let die and instead remember that as He promised, He will do..
John 14:1-4 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
The Phoenix New Times has launched an aggressive campaign to fight for the rights of every criminal in Arizona, especially illegal aliens. According to the newspaper's demands, all prisoners should get soft fluffy pillows and have bedtime stories read to them every night. As soon as these criminals are released from prison, they will promptly be awarded jobs at Phoenix New Times as either Assistant Editor or Journalist.
In the event that an illegal alien is caught, Phoenix New Times is demanding that all such individuals automatically get a lifetime of Swedish massages courtesy of Arizona tax payers and a lifetime supply of blow-jobs from anyone who has ever been employed at the Phoenix New Times.
This concludes tonight's broadcast.
When you show a few seconds of a video you can make the scenario look however you want it to. Deon't fight cops, you'll lose whuch is as it should be.
In all Honesty I'm hoping Arpaio and his men read these comments and posts. I'm hoping he realizes how fucked he is if he continues his position of sherrif. I really hope that Arpaio's battered wife is fucking some guy on their bed.
This story proves that we don't need a sheriff's department, it tells me that maybe we would be better off taking the law into our own hands.
I say we lynch the old fucker
I have been a prisoner in The MCSO And the way they treat prisoners is appalling. I was arrested for possession of marijuana.
When I was transferred from Glendale Police Station to 4th Avenue jail AKA "The Matrix" I wasn't even in that jail cell for more than 5 minutes and suddenly I was approached by the jail psychologist and 5 police officers all with their hands on their guns. Apparently when I said "that my life may be over" they took it as me Threatening suicide. They moved me to a padded cell and had me remove my clothing and left me naked in that cell for 10 hours.
Before I was transferred to Lower Buckeye Jail they handed me a flimsy smock and chained my hands and legs and walked me to a bus.
I was then transferred over to lower buckeye jail. As I was being moved to my cell that stupid smock kept coming undone and I stopped to straighten it out, the guard then shoved me so hard that I fell and actually blacked out for a second. The smock finally fell off and I was forced to walk through the jail while naked. I was left in a suicide watch cell which is a bunch of crap, because if I wanted to kill myself I could've climbed that stupid half wall and aim my head at the corner of that damn concrete bed, I was put in there for 2 days and was refused my phone call and legal council.
When they determined I wasn't a danger to myself, they gave me those F****** inmate clothes and pink boxers.
A hour later I was transferred to Durango jail where I was searched for any contraband and then given a mental evaluation, during which I refused to answer their questions and demanded my phone call and legal council. They then put me in my cell ignring my demand for what rights that all prisoners have. I stayed in Durango for 4 days and have seen guards wrongfully accost inmates, beat them, and even strangle an inmate as they were dragging him to solitary.
I couldn't eat anything there because everything they serve taste strongly of the drugs they use to turn inmates into vegetables, plus it was terrible. How could anyone ever get a healthy meal out of F****** peanut butter, Drugged bread and milk, and cookies that remind me of that pink soap?
The Guards tried to force feed me anti psychotic drugs that I never needed and it was only because I wanted my phone call (The reason I wanted my phone call was because when I was arrested I was on my way to get my son to take him to the hospital)
My family wasn't allowed to see me until the 3rd day I was in Durango.
When My bail was finally posted I was again taken to a transfer cell, Where I waited for 3 hours to be chained again and put on another bus to go back to Lower Buckeye Jail.
All inmates being processed were curious of the time but if they asked the guards would start the release procedure for the inmates all over again Itr took 12 hours from the time My bail was posted for me to finally be released when if they were doing their jobs like they were supposed to, We could've all been released in an hour and a half. I actually heard that a girl inmate being released the night before was raped by 2 guards. Several female inmates were witness to that.
I tell this for 2 reasons. 1. Because I thnk everyone should know what it's like from a person's firsthand experience. And 2. REVENGE!!!!!!!!!!! The reason I was being so badly screwed with was because I used to live right next door to Arpaio, and the things he had going on at his house should have his ass put straight to the chair. He repeatedly harassed me during the time we were neighbors. I watched him and his posse bringing drugs into his house, I've witnessed a 15 year old girl being brought in and 20 minutes later she was running as fast as she could her clothes torn and screaming and crying. I've witnessed him bringing hookers for his men and watched as one guard beat a hooker until she wasn't moving. Because of this Douchebags constant harrassment and trying to get me arrested during our time living together, I have made it my mission to see that Joe Arpaio not only loses his position of power, but that he becomes a hunted man. Joe Arpaio deserves no special treatment he should be drawn and quartered. THAT MAN DOES NOT DESERVE TO LIVE, DEATH TO ARPAIO!!!!!!!!!!!!
Arpaio should be restrained, a wet towel shoved down his throat, and Tased over twenty times by his own Trained Goon Squad until he quits breathing.
This is his Jailor Training, and what he has had done to several in his custody.
He should get what he dishes out!
At least Indict this Animal.
He wants Facts?
Indict him with the "Facts".
Arpaio is Human Garbage, under his "Tyranny" we need no Courts.
To: True Justice for All.
You and your family are in my prayers Mike. Every thing that can be done should be to get these people out of office in the MCSO. I know that I will do my part.
Don't settle out of court, bring them to justice and get 100 million, maybe that will wake up these pansies that only care about their bottom line.
I'd like to offer my condolences to the Atencio family. I would also like to say to Stephen, I watced the video and I did not see him do any of what was claimed. I hope the people of Arizona wake up and pay attention to who they are voting into office. I have never seen so many people being shot and killed by someone hiding behind a badge, who goes on paid administrative leave for a few days, then returns to kil again. I have not seen this much in any other state that I have been in. There is only one judge an It isn't people wearing badges nor is it Joe Arpaio.
You people think voting changes anything? Are you going to sit by whilst these bozos with badges murder people? Are you going to allow Sheriff Joe to get away with this? At one point do we as a society say enough is enough and take back everything they have tried to take from us? How many more people have to be hassled, harassed and have their civil rights violated? How many more people have to die before we act? If it was my brother that was murdered by these pigs, they would be tried and punished by me. Fuck the courts and fuck the government. Shit is out of hand!
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My prayers go out to the Atencio family. I cannot imagine the grief you are feeling. It is inconcievable to me that this happened. I am a nurse and have worked in correctional health at a county, state and federal level. The abominations that occur at the MCSO jail are absolutely cruel and should never be tolerated. I think EVERY detention officer in that video should be charged with capital murder. I have never worked at any MCSO jail, because of the corruption that exists at every level in that jail. Starting with the "gang leader" Joe Arpaio. He is not a sheriff...he is a criminal. He also, should be charged with murder, because he is responsible for the conduct of every officer who works for him. Of course, this will not happen. I urge the Board Of Supervisors- PLEASE! remove him from office and bring in someone to institute sweeping change. Change of staff, change of policies, and maybe then this hideous, disgusting crime of murder by detention officers will never happen again. If the d.o's are not brought to justice by our court system, they will be brought to justice at a later time....when they and Arpaio are judged by our Lord. That will be something they won't be able to escape.
Again, my thoughts and prayers to the Atencio family.
you can sit there and cry over the bible and discuss what a great guy he was. but it really just comes down to the simple truth he was a prisoner in jail and caused a problem that resulted in him being tased.they record everything that goes on there stop trying to make this into something its not if they did not have the taser to use first he most likly would have been shot.
you must be a police officer, have always taught my children to have respect for police, You can fight your civil rights later, well 3 teenager,s later, I was faced with being stopped by police, Had respect for police''''''''''''''''' until i was stopped told officer i am disabled, was being respectful was double handcuffed wrist was broken, never given Miranda rights,they searched my car, oh i forgot had old DL from previous marriage last name Sanchez, also they came into my house without a warrant,Is there any honest police officers in Az, Are there any civil rights''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
God forgive you for this . The poor guy is dead .he is a human been like any of your family or you.I can believe what you just said what kind of people can said something like this.whatever the reason .nobody should ever die in prison by law enforcement .please you are making some people look bad on the eyes of the world. .?
MCSO, Phoenix PD nor the family are at fault. This man was an adult which means that the behavioral system here called Magellan will not provide the services if he's not on Medicaid they will instruct the police to take them to jail I am repeating myself. There are many cases where families have tried to court order them into treatment and sometimes even that doesn't work but as an adult the family can beg Magellan to have them placed in the psychiatric hospital but, Magellan will not, this is happened to many families.
Reports say crime is lower and the ststea with higher immigration populations are safer places to live. Why is that? Because they are quiet , they want to work and keep a low profile because they are scared. I am not talking about Zetas and drug people I am talking about the majority of the people that come here. Inform yourself immigration says the population of immigrants was way down before they even started the new law. But AZ people are so gullible they believe everything they are told. They use the immigration platform because people like you hate immigrants it gives them more approval, more power, more attention and more votes
Don't I wish that these Mexicans would believe that they go back to Mexico but, the truth is they are not going anywhere, because of people like Randy Perez who is for open borders, amnesty, dream act etc. the same person who keeps going to board supervisors to demand the resignation of Sheriff Joe. Now Sen. Steve Gallardo will introduce legislation to repeal Senate Bill 1070.
Thats all he does is chase immigrants He ignores real crime in favor of chasing immigrants which is easy just look for brown skin working. Violent crime is up 58% in Maricopa whereas every other part of the state its down.The prisoners deserve to be treated as human beings. Some are awaiting trail they haven't been tried yet but the minute you walk through the doors you are treated as a harden criminal. You sure as hell don't except to be killed or tortured.Your an idiot if you support Joe he has lied to the people, stolen from them, used them, killed people and has harassed and threaten people who have gotten in his way or went against him. You'd better hope a family member never ends up in that jail they may not come out alive. Dont say it would never happen . He arrests people just for looking funny, jay walking, expired tags whatever he wants because he does whatever he wants. Vote for him again and he can buy another couple Million in real estate. You people let him have the money. I bet he got the money off the immigrants too and because who can pay 440,000 in cash for a property? The people of AZ are so blind.
Don't fight cops, you'll lose, which is as it should be. OMG you are a moron. If you feel that the best response for a group of law enforcement assholes err,,, I mean agents to a mentally ill man attacking them with his bare hands in a police facility where he is outnumbered 500 to 1 is to murder him? Then it is my humble opinion that you are someone that could make the world a better place by leaving it.
thats true everything you said. I spent time there and worked in the lbj warehouse. Food that was expired that he fed to inmates. I was there when tyson was locked up and the guards wouldnt let the inmates talk to him, and he was fenced off from the population. The even had him pose for pics. his day will come and we can only hope now people have come to there senses to choose someone new who knows what it means to be human
honestley do you actually think anyone would take you serious? the last part of your rant gave you away im guessing your one of those hispanics who have skeletons in your closset most likely illegal family members or friends .as for your trip to jail, you sir you are the only one to blame no one else in case you have been living in la la land getting expose with pot is a felony asswipe. i hope you got the max
To claim that God will help us is just plain fucking ignorance. It doesn't matter who we voted for Arpaio has actually lost the elections for sherrif tghe last couple of years but has paid people off to keep his position,.
you sound like someone who will locked up soon enough. go ahead make your move big guy with the big mouth and you will be shot in the street like a dog.
Stephen You truly are a dumbshit, First of all the cops in MCSO corrections, Abuse their power. And I'm sure the family of the inmate killed would love to show you how wrong you are. second, if you want to be a complete and total douchebag on the internet, I suggest you go somewhere where they allow assholes like you to be fucking fools.
In jail or not, no one deserves this treatment! watch the video.....he wasnt fighting. just THUG COPS who don't deserve a badge were out of control. know many police officers, most good...this dept of Sheriff's needs a clean out starting at the top. and just for your info, I have never been in jail or arrested and a good member of the communities....this is not right
Stephen, you're the one who needs to be locked up. Maybe then you'd deserve the beating you'd get. Especially if you mouthed off, like you're doing here. Wipe the stench of Joe Arpaio's ass off your lips..
Dude, you are one cold hearted. How can you even say that. This man was MURDERED by MCSO staff!!!!!! Did you see the video?" if you did, you probably wouldn't have posted a comment. I hope it is not you...or your son, daughter or loved one who dies in there next time. I am a nurse. If an Alzheimers patient becomes agitated, do I and my other nurses get to tase him...then drag him into a room and kick him in the head repeatedly?" The answer,dear Stephen, would be......NOOOOO! why you ask? Because we are professionals! The MCSO office detention officers didn't act professional, they acted like a group of thugs, gangsters. Whick I guess should be expected, considerinjg who the leader of the gang is. Don Joe Arpaio.
Why are you worried about the Mexicans when the bigger criminals are ruining oops running AZ? Why support a law that is based on lies? Inform yourself don't believe what you have been told by the corrupt government officials of your state,Educate yourself with the truth.
First of all I'm not a mexican, You douche. Despite the fact that I didn't even know that there was pot in my car I should have been allowed My phone call and my right to an attorney. Second of all When someone is busted for pot they are usually sent to the matrix for processing and are released the next day.
Besides it doesn't matter I've already sued Glendale Police, Phoenix police, MCSO, Maricopa county corrections facility, for cruel and unusual treatment.
You obviously didn't read the whole thing.
Do yourself a favor before you publicly embarass yourself again and look at the whole story next time.
may is suggest you pack up and stampede for california the land of milk and honey maybe moonbeam can satisfy your warped view of how our country should be run.that state is run by limp wristed liberals and based on your rhetoric it would appear you would fit right in.
Well somebody has been sucking Arpaio's dick for a while. Tell me pinkus, did he at least ask you to take every drop and kiss you afterwards?
And yes I am an agitator of the american government because our government has gotten out of hand. How do you ask? Well lets see.....
In Washington We had George W. Bush for 8 years when he shouldn't even have been in office. His family are well known friends with the Bin Laden family, He Actua;lly was the one who allowed the events of Sptember 11, 2001 to take place.
Currently we have a President in office who, since he took office, has spent more of the american people's money than all of our past presidents COMBINED!
Lets go locally, Arizona has had it's freedom of speech stripped from it, While we suffer to find jobs taken from us by the illegal immigrants that are allowed to live here.
We have corrupt Sherriff. NOt to mention that nearly every elected official we have come from here has turned out to be corrupt and responsible for the shameful way this state has become.
Don't believeme? Research, and until you do KEEP YOUR FUCKIN' COMMENTS TO YOURSELF!!!!!!!!
Who knows you might piss off the wrong person who could hack your account find where you live, and show you how wrong you are.
based on your diatrab its pretty obvious you are an aggitator you seem to be up on all the proper proceedures during the processing process so you must know every detail of your experience at joes jail is recorded by audio and video seems funny being you are suing everyone that that video has not made its way to the media. even an ambulance chasing lawyer would have his hands on that video before attempting to sue. my guess your lawyers last name ends with ez and is using your bullshit for his and the low lifes like him to forward their pathetic agenda. oh and by the way calling for the death of someone you are suing is really stupid especially when you put it in writing ,what an idiot