Joe Arpaio's Boy Rich Burden, YouTube Beer Boaster

Commander Rich Burden, discussing the merits of drinking, then driving

As District IV Commander, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Rich Burden oversees areas of Anthem, Cave Creek, Carefree, New River, and Desert Foothills.

Over the years, he has earned a measure of infamy for dogging longtime Arpaio foes Jim Cozzolino and Tom Bearup, and for taking a chin-check from ex-Phoenix Coyotes left wing Brad May, at the erstwhile Cat Eye Lounge in Scottsdale.

From that sock to the jaw, Burden scored a tidy little purse of $26K in 2005 from a lawsuit against the hockey pro. 

More recently, the Arpaio loyalist and onetime pal of former MCSO-enforcer Chief Deputy David Hendershott may have given himself a roundhouse right to the noggin, via a video recently posted on YouTube.

In that video, a do-rag-wearin' Burden sucks on some "Colorado Kool-Aid" (aka, Coors Light) while hamming it up for the camera. As he's drinking in a wooded area he identifies as being near Mount Shasta, California, he makes an odd pronouncement -- for a cop -- concerning the joys of alcohol.

"I am not drinking and driving, at all," Burden tells the camera. "I drink, then drive."

Seems no one parties like an MCSO commander.

I e-mailed Burden about his YouTube appearance, and this is how he replied.

"I am glad you have brought this video in question to my attention, I have removed it and it was a mistake to have been put on my [Facebook] wall or profile. It was an error and shouldn't have been posted and [was] an oversight on my part, thank you."

Being a devotee of the bottled muse myself, whatever her form, it might seem hypocritical of me to take Burden to task for his statements. 

On the flip side, I'm not charged with apprehending drunken drivers. 

In a legitimate law enforcement agency, such tomfoolery might get you disciplined. But the MCSO is hardly a legitimate law enforcement agency. 

So Burden likely has nothing to fear. Heck, knowing the MCSO, after this, he might be up for a raise and/or promotion.


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Rstapley
Rstapley

He is number # 1 on the Captains promotion list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!

Rollem45
Rollem45

If you look real close and focus on Burden's teeth you should be able see the brown stains around his tongue from french kissing Arpaio's ass.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Being a devotee of the bottled muse myself, whatever her form, it might seem hypocritical of me to take Burden to task for his statements. On the flip side, I'm not charged with apprehending drunken drivers"

No flip side needed. No hypocrisy here. I don't recall you ever having been a public advocate of drunk driving. Burden's dumbass comments about driving drunk are reprehensible and stupid. Period. The fact that he is a high-ranking cop only compounds his error.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The command staff at MCSO has been selected by Hendershott with the consent of AARPaio who claims he was not even running the MCSO.  We clearly know that Hendershott was canned for illegal and unethical acts so we have to question his judgment during the development of the MCSO command staff structure.  Many of the command staffers have been quite visible in their derelict actions that do not portray sane and balanced individuals of good judgment and integrity.  I completely believe this was a criterion in selecting and filling command staff position.  Loyalty to Hendershott and AARPaio was more important then honesty and integrity as a Law Enforcement officer.

Burden is no different.  Bad judgment that leads one to question why he was ever promoted into the higher levels of MCSO.   

Actually above I said that Hendershott was canned for illegal and unethical acts.  I believe I misstated reality.  I believe it is more likely that Hendershott was canned because his illegal and unethical acts became too public and he was a liability to the Sheriff. 

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

ANY GUESSES on whether a complaint will be filed with AZ Post for this little "episode" by Burden?  And then he POSTS IT PUBLICLY? 

Hey Burden:  Any words for those readers who have lost loved ones in alcohol related accidents?  How about any words for those YOU have detained for similar alcohol issues?

You are a fraud and absolutely ethically challenged.  You NEED to be reported to POST.

Also....have you thought about writing some sort of apology to all the citizens your office "serves" for your callous and potentially harmfull behavior?  Drinking and driving is funny, isn't it?

You ass.  You are a bum.  The only thing bigger than your ego is your nose.

Brt1977
Brt1977

Cops and sheriffs are just plain idiots. A little known fact is that it is not unconstitutional to discriminate against a police or sheriff applicant for scoring TOO HIGH ON THE I.Q.BATTERY PORTION OF THEIR QUALIFICATIONS EXAMS. read that again, and think about it the next time you ask yourself 'do they go out of their way to hire the dumbest sons of bitches they can find?' The answer is a resounding YES. For the record, I live near mt Shasta, and im thrilled to have some drunk pig driving my roads. Really makes my family and me feel safe. But hey, thats a cops job right?

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

I guess that old saying is true that nothing goes better with liquor then a gun and a badge. 

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

You are a fucking moron Burden.  You are better off dumping facebook, you don't need over exposure.  "Watch your six, facebook peeps!"

Coz
Coz

Interesting this video was made in Mt Shasta and now I find out it was probably been made in November 2010, which was also the same time I was in the Mt Shasta area going to Paramedic school.

Wouldn't it have been fun to respond to this asshole involved in a car accident driving drunk.Oh yea!

Jason
Jason

This guy is supposed to be a COP?!? Wow!!

I wonder what kind of "punishment" the Flaccid Fool imposed on this numbskull? Promotion? 

Wonder when he'll become a Deputy Chief? 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

This behavior is something one might expect from a first or second year rookie. A member of command staff? Not hardly.

Nweng
Nweng

So, the mistake wasn't the admission to the drinking and driving, it was the video and posting it on Facebook? Pretty fucked up logic if you ask me; but, I've come to expect no less from Arpaio and his troops.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Without reviewing personnel policy for MCSO it's hard to say there is a violation. Unless there is one that says, "Command Officers are forbidden from making fools of themselves while being video taped".

If it were any agency other than one being run by the Flaccid Fool, such a policy would not be needed.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Welcome to Maricopa County Clowns Office, where the clown show never stops.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

ARGH!  I just got a mental picture of that!   Excuse me gentlemen, I feel I need to brush and rince my teeth with the strongest mouthwash I can find, the mental picture give a really bad taste of fat pig's ass.

P.S. for those enquiring minds, I have never tasted fat pig's ass, but I have smelled a few. LOL.

Coz
Coz

.....and all this time I thought that's where his brown nose came from....

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

He took the bullet for the fat clown in exchange for a sweet retirement deal, here is the transcript of their conversation:

Sheriff Joke ArPayaso:  Jabba, you're fired!

Jabba the Hendy:  FUCK YOU!  You can't fire me! after everything I have done for you? Fuck you, Im calling the Feds and singing like a bird in heat!

Sheriff Joke ArPayaso: Wait, wait, wait, let me finish, your termination is not official until 7 days from today, so you have exactly 7 days to clean out your desk, and announce your retirement with full benefits, or else, you're will get fired and you will be broke.

Jabba the Hendy:  I dont know, why me?

Sheriff Joke ArPayaso:  Is the fat blocking the blood flow to your brain?  Idiot, if I go down, WE ALL GO DOWN! and we get NOTHING!  None of us!  So take your fat retirement and keep your pie hole shut, remember, if you talk, I go down, then I will roll on you too, we both end up in prison and our fat wives are going to be very upset.

Jabba the Hendy:  Well since you put it that way, I guess you're right, I will take the bullet, but those checks better keep on coming.

Sheriff Joke ArPayaso:  They will, they will, dont worry, the mayority of Arizonans have a double digit IQ so as long I raid a Pei Wei or a dry cleaner for illegals once in a while, they will love me and keep voting for me, as long as education in Az. continues being in the bottom of the barrel, I will have and endless supply of supporters, and Jan will make sure to destroy higher education, afterall she only has a GED, and as the Governor she is not going to allow people to be better educated and become smarter than her, so dont worry, we are all good, now let's go get some pizza, there is a new joint around the corner I want to try out called "Fat Joe's Pizzeria", c'mon.

John Swanson
John Swanson

IT sounds like you are talking like you never did any thing wrong.God damn how does it feel to be peerrfect(huh).Damn never drank a beer in your car or did over the speed limit.I sure like to shake the hand of some one perfect.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Quite a diatribe. I'm sure you will feel better in the morning.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

You can add a video camera and a Facebook account to that statement, as proven by this imbecile.

Coz
Coz

Actually I found out Burden was up there for a Biker rally, wonder if the bikers know he's a dirtbag cop.

ExDesertRat
ExDesertRat

Cooozolino, WTF, you a paramedic! With your crimnal history I would pitty anyone getting treated by you.But you know all about beating a charge just like the drinking and gun incident in some bar in Scottsdale or was it Fountain Hills. I don't remember when that all happened but Thanks to NT I can research all of that and get a few good laughs. Glad I am in Montana! You don't need Facebook when you can read crap on the NT's. Peace out all of you FB peeps! Oh yea!!!!!!!

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

Listen at the end of this. You can hear a police scanner. 

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

I would go a bit further and say this is behavior one might expect from a high school kid who's just discovered the wonders of beer.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Troops?  My friend these are NOT troops, they are not troopers, these are clowns, and MCSO is a clown posse, a happy clown act under Sheriff Joke ArPayaso. 

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Yeah, but some attorney(s) is going to have a hay day with Burden and this video in court someday if he ever has to testify in a DUI case.

His credibility as a law enforcement officer, much less commander, has been shot to hell (by shooting off his mouth).

Coz
Coz

Then of course lets not forget Sousa, Brett and the rest of the clowns like to make themselves look like fools on camera.

I'm thinking it must already be a MCSO policy that you must look like a fool when being video taped.

Coz
Coz

As big a fool as Bozo Joe makes himself look continually while being video taped, a policy like that would never work Tommy within MCSO.

Brt1977
Brt1977

So says the cop. Lol, and I DO feel better. Every time cops stupidity is put on public display, I laugh my ass off.

guest
guest

MY favorite saying of yours..guadalupano- You can't arrest me! Do you know who my dad is?

you- Didn't your mom tell you?

Coz
Coz

You would be lucky to have me respond in a EMS situation to your dumb ass considering I don't care how much of an idiot you are, you would get the same treatment any other normal person with an actual brain would get from me.

Do us all a favor, stay in Montana with the other cows, sheep and goats, they are certainly more your speed.

Coz
Coz

Actually, I realized now what you meant Dennis, yes, I heard that too. Interesting.....

TeoBuneo
TeoBuneo

Unfortunately, when talking about MCSO it is not a generalization. Didn't you read about the mounted patrol joining deputies in motorboats to first trample young people on the Salt river, then arrest everyone who attempted to rescue or help those being trampled or drowned? Arpiao runs a completely out of control organization, with deputies and correctional officers feeling empowered to ignore the law. When finally Bozo Joe goes, a huge house cleaning will have to occur in order to make MCSO a legitimate, functional law enforcement agency again. That is why this unconscionable delay in the release of the justice departments investigation results is so damned ridiculous. None of these thugs should be costing taxpayers one penny once they commit crimes against the people they are sworn to protect and serve. The longer this goes on the more taxpayers  will be on the hook for thanks to Arpiao and his out of control thugs at MCSO!

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Because at MCSO either they are in on the clown show, or too cowardly to come forward, either way, MCSO is a JOKE! and an embarrasment to Law Enforcement. excuse me, let me refrase that to be clear:   MCSO is a FUCKING JOKE! Their Sheriff is a fat racist imbecile and they are ALL an embarrasment to Law Enforcement.  Any questions?

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Well said, and the ones that join the force for the power trip end up doing videos like the clown in this video and his imbecile boss.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

You make the same sweeping generalizations when speaking of MCSO.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Unfortunately Tommy, it only takes one bad Sheriff to allow his clowns in uniform to act like imbeciles and the entire law enforcement community pays the price, we can thank all of the double digit IQ trailer trash that continue voting this fat clown for Sheriff.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

As Tommy points out, it's fun to hate on cops till you need one. People go into that line of work for different reasons. I know for some, it's a power trip. Or becomes that. But many just want to do good. They have feet of clay like all of us. A lot of my lefty pals think we can do without them, or prisons. Good luck with that. Personally, Somalia's not my cup of tea.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Retired cop, yes. But the actions of a few like this don't justify the generalization you have cast in your post. Now, if and when you need law enforcement assistance, which I hope is never, I will assume someone will call 9-1-1 and a police officer will respond to help you; without question about who you are and how you feel about cops. My brother lives near you, Maybe you could get together for a cold soda. He's not a cop, but he knows a retired cop.

Jason
Jason

I had a rough idea of the kind of corruption and bullshit the Flaccid Fool of MCSO is notorious for. My dad once worked for him in the mid 90's as a detention officer. Got out because the atrocious conditions Joe keeps in the jails ruined his health.  

However, after reading the stories you linked, not only do I have more respect for you because you survived in the FF's death camps, but it makes Joe's ouster seem even more likely, if and when Dennis Burke ever gets off his ass and gets the ball rolling on those indictments.

I know you said that you spoke to the U.S. Attorney's Office in a previous post. Did they schedule you to speak to the GJ about the abuses you suffered at the hands of the Flaccid Fool and his SS goon squads?

The MCSO shurf will fall, I know it. Hang in there Coz.  

Coz
Coz

Thanks brother, appreciate that much coming from you.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

So like pearce you beat up women too uh?.....I get it.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Damn my Brother, I've always liked you, but now, I got some new found respect for you, your equity just keeps on growing.

Coz
Coz

Once again you out do yourself by talking about something you know nothing about.I never took the stand dipshit.

guest
guest

You were defending your 19 year old girlfriend...I get it.  What I don't get is why you lied on the stand that Melody and you were fucking.

Coz
Coz

You bet, know that saying well.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

No Coz, go ahead and respond, a lot of shit can happen on the way to the hospital, the streets are dangerous.  As we said in the Military, "Friendly Fire" ain't so friendly.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Drinking and Driving in an official vehicle, MMMMMM, anywhere else he would be fired by now, at MCSO he would get a Medal of Valor (for the risk),  Meritorious Achievement Medal (for the drinking), Community Policing Medal (for doing it in public), Human Relations Medal (for drinking with others), Officer of the Year Award (for bringing the vehicle back in one piece), and a nice promotion.

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