Joe Arpaio and MCSO "Murdered" Ernest "Marty" Atencio, Says Family

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Marty Atencio, in a photo released by his family...

A distraught Mike Atencio, on his way to the hospital to watch his brother Ernest "Marty" Atencio die, told me today that he and his family believe his brother was "murdered" by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's thugs in the Fourth Avenue Jail.

"The sheriff's office murdered my brother," said Atencio, acting as spokesman for his family. "That's what I want to get out to the public right now: Sheriff Joe is murdering inmates." 

Atencio said he was told by MCSO Detective Bryan Cluff that his brother was found in his cell without a pulse. This, after being Tasered by detention officers and placed there, Atencio alleged. His brother was already dead before being rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, he stated.

"To me it's just a ploy, what the sheriff's office has done to this point in time," Atencio told me. "They found him without a pulse. They brought him to the hospital to resuscitate him. It doesn't look very promising...He's hanging by a very thin thread."

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Marty Atencio's military photo...

He described his brother as being "viciously" Tasered by jail staff, causing Marty Atencio's heart attack and subsequent death.

"They did it so brutally that they put him into cardiac arrest," an angered Mike Atencio related. "And then they threw him in a cell. So after they killed him, they threw him in a cell to sit."

This contradicts the MCSO's slithery semantics from Friday, where the agency claimed Marty Atencio not die in MCSO custody. 

"What's keeping him alive is the hospital function and the life support," Mike Atencio told me. "Without the life support he would die instantly because he was dead before it even started."

Atencio said he was not sure if the family will have to make the ultimate decision to remove him from that life support today.

He wants the world to know that his brother was "the most patriotic guy on the planet," a military vet, proud of his country. He also described his brother as having "special needs," and said his brother's medication for his illness was "not balanced" at the time he was arrested.

The MCSO had interacted with Atencio's brother on minor violations in the past, and should have had record of his problems. That's assuming they cared to check.

Atencio pointed the finger at the current political climate in Arizona, also noting Arpaio's pattern of racial discrimination as detailed in the recent report from the U.S. Department of Justice.

In the eyes of "Arpaio and his staff," his brother was, "just another [Hispanic]," according to Atencio.

"But not to the city of Phoenix," said Atencio, his voice breaking. "To the city of Phoenix, he was a fine American Latino."

UPDATE 12/19/11 3:55 PM: The Phoenix Police Department's issued a statement on Atencio's arrest, which you can read, here.

UPDATE 12/28/11: For Atencio's obituary and funeral service schedule, please click, here.

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Robert J. Kinnison
Robert J. Kinnison

I'm not seeing what was done wrong here ... He was a criminal .. he got arrested .. he fought with officers .. they tried to calm him down .. he continued to fight .. they stunned him ... and then he died ...   maybe if he would of stayed outta trouble in the first place .. this could of been prevented ......Keep the good work up Sheriff Joe !!!

PAM
PAM

PAM here again.  I have to apologize for my last post.  I had NOT seen the video.  I am sick to my stomach now!  I pray that these police are held accountable to their actions.  I am humbled and ashamed for my comments, and I will NOT be so quick to judge without first having all the evidence.  Guess a person can STILL learn something - even at the age of 50. 

Again, I am sorry. 

PAM
PAM

OK....not ONE person here mentioned WHY Marty (I knew him years ago) was arrested....OR pointed out that he was RESISTANT to the point that the officers felt they needed to use the Taser in the FIRST place!  It IS a shame that Marty's heart could not take being tased...and I am sorry to the family (I am close with his daughter).  However, the officers who deal with prisoners who are combative MUST protect themselves!  What would you all have said if MARTY KILLED ONE OF THEM IN HIS COMBATIVE STATE?  Would you bleeding heart liberals feel the same way? 

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM?!?!?!?!?

murmur55
murmur55

Murdered. Sorry about that, Mr. Marty Atencio. American citizens don't care about protecting their protectors or their fellow citizens.

No one should die from restraint asphyxia, especially when they are already contained in jail and should have been sent to a hospital in the first place.

Condolences to the family on this easily preventable and wrongful death. RIP.

murmur55
murmur55

When you hear: "He died in a struggle with the police", it usually means death due to suffocation, aka restraint asphyxia, a well-known, easily preventable, LEO-associated, cause of death. These restraint deaths will continue until citizens demand criminal prosecution of LEOs. Journalists should stop focusing on the Taser issue in their headlines and concentrate on this far more  important mechanism.

Asphyxial Death During Prone Restraint Revisited: 21 Cases http://bit.ly/p86G5F

Colorado police should learn Wyoming’s lesson - The SCOTUS agrees with a lower court that death in restraint due to suffocation is unconstitutional.  http://bit.ly/q0Euds

Since Arpaio has caused death due to restraint asphyxia on prior occasions, he and his deputies should be prosecuted for murder as well as constitutional civil rights crimes.

Amanda Altamirano
Amanda Altamirano

The blood came back and it was clean. Phx PD has repeatedly said that he was not being held on an assult charge but on a disorderly conduct charge. MCSO falsely reported the assult charge. Watch the video. Marty was no threat to anyone. Why would the deputies remove the cuffs if he was? The removed the cuffs so that they could have an excuse to kill him.

Amanda Altamirano
Amanda Altamirano

TO THE FAMILY OF MARTY ANTENCIO,

WHAT THIS ONE MAN (JOE) HAS DONE THAT HAS BEEN SO DEVISIVE AND EVIL FOR SO LONG, HAS NOW, WITH THE CULMINATION OF THAT BEING IN THE MURDER OF YOUR BROTHER, BEEN USED BY GOD TO BRING US ALL TOGETHER. PEACE BE WITH YOU. WE SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF AND  YOUR PAIN AND YOUR ANGER AND WE GIVE THAT TO GOD AND HE WILL FIGHT FOR US.  

Amanda Altamirano
Amanda Altamirano

To the family of Marty Antencio. Our family thought about you yesterday at Christmas. The kids watched the video. Not a nice thing to do on Christmas. But we did in order to show them what someone else is going through at this time. Our collective thoughts and prayers are with your family. One teenage daughter called her friend and told her she was watching the video and I heard her say to her friend "watch the video, there are 10 guys ganging up on one guy." The kids "get it"  As a taxpayer I don't want to pay for someone elses stupid mistakes. But I really do hope that your family is awards hundreds of millions of dollars. I know that to you it would never be about the money but to "them" it is all about the money.  To ditto a jury foreman's remarks "I am a concervative, but I am not stupid."

Amanda Altamirano
Amanda Altamirano

Here call your County Attorney Bill Montgomery 602-506-3411 and his Public Info Officer Jerry Cobb 602-506-3170 and Attorney General Tom Horne  602-542-5025 Phx and 520 628-6504 Tuc. and demand that those individuals involved are charged with aggrevated assult and first degree murder. This was premeditated on their part. There is nothing that will erode trust faster that to watch officers beat up an unarmed, non-threatening person and kill him and get away with murder. The kids are watching. Call, write, email your government representatives and the Board of supervisors and the DOJ. Forward the videos to everyone you know.  It only takes a second, There are also the videos out there of Deputy Stoddard "stealing" a paper out of a defense attorney's folder in open court and then a video of Coward Joe standing up behind him saying "he didn't do anything wrong" and "he suspected a security breach". Don't let up until Coward Joe resigns and those involved are charged with murder. This kind of behavior is costing us the taxpayers way too much. Right is right and wrong is wrong ALL THE TIME!.

Carolana
Carolana

How many bigots does it take to kill a latino? Ten, the leader of the pack and nine of his henchmen. Saw the video and saw no violence on Martys part. Seems to me this was a plan.Why did they take the cuffs off? This was an obvious plan, hoping that he would get violant. These ten should be held for murder! Jusice needs to be searved.

Lincolndavid
Lincolndavid

Ok, lets look at this from a non racist point of veiw: A person with a long criminal history commits another crime, assault, causing pain and injury to another. This person upon his arrest "loses it" and attacks the police, causing or trying to cause them injury. The police defend themselves from the violent and unstable person's attacks. The police are forced to taze the man several times to make him stop his violent attacks. As a result the man succums to heart failure. This unfortunate chain of events was caused entirely by Ernest Atencio. If Atencio had not assaulted an innocent victem, he would be alive. If Atencio had not assaulted the police he would be alive. If Atencio had stopped assualting the police after the first time they were forced to taze him, he would be alive. Ernest Atencio is only the victem of his own actions. 

ZeD
ZeD

Yeah, Lincolndavid? You're a moron. Now shut up, sit down, and try to grow a brain. Or just fuck off and die, whichever :)

AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

Except, he didn't cause pain or injury to another. The person was afraid of him because he was acting eratically. The only thing he harmed that I have heard is a door, and he couldn't have harmed it too bad because he wasn't charged with criminal damage.How many times were they forced to tazer him?  Still don't know because they haven't released the tapes.

Origklutz
Origklutz

Don't get me wrong . Sheriff Joe needs to be held accountable for his actions,but lets not forget we have a vet that served his country and came home needing help and the government that he served was not there to help him.

Dinoserrano
Dinoserrano

The sheriff let's his employees do what they want in those jails to latinos. But the thing is would every latino in AZ stand up don't go to work and protest against the sheriff to get him fired? One man one family can say they would but really would they? Much respect goes to the familys and friends that have lost some one in sheriff joe's jail. But every one needs to ban together and get him out of office.

Origklutz
Origklutz

Not just latinos,they treat everyone terrible.

realist
realist

to USwarveteran:  apparently there is a reply limit.  Anyway, go to the state legistlature website, title 13.  Check the assault, disorderly conduct and domestic violence statutes.  There is nothing about "verbal assault."  Verbal disagreements happen all of the time where people call other people unfriendly terms and no one goes to jail (threats of course are not protected by the Constitution).

http://www.azleg.gov/ArizonaRe... 

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Your language skills lead me to believe that you should have your IQ checked. You know there is a correlation between a rather low IQ and limited language proficiency, don't you?Hint: The cut-off point is somewhere in the vicinity of 49 (threshold for peeling bananas).

Hohohoazhohoho
Hohohoazhohoho

No doubt the goons at AARPaio's jail mistook him for an illegal and since they regularly mistreat Hispanics, they figured whatever happened would be okay with the asshole in charge. 

realist
realist

How do you explain the hispanic people employed by MCSO?

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Do I get this right? It does create a set of mitigating circumstance if you can poit to another agency doing the same?

realist
realist

Yes, that is what I read too.  And yes, he was investigated, fired, and prosecuted.  I seem to remember a beach cop running over a guy a year or two back.  Unfortunately, I don't remember which agency or the outcome.  I've seen dash cam video of officers using their vehicles as weapons in defense.  Your DPS moniker is misleading as I assumed you knew this. 

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Did you read the description of what happened when that man was run over?

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

To run a suspect over, drag him for 10 feet, hurt the person severely and then tell the back up guys to leave him under the vehicle?

KEVIN
KEVIN

Marty was a great guy and a friend.We had great times.                                             Kevin L

Aznative
Aznative

Megalomaniac Joe should have been hung with his own rope a long time ago, all the marks he has carved on his gun are a disgrace, and Mr Atencio, I hope, will be the last mark. RIP Marty Atencio, you have more then earned it. Sigh.... .

David Saint
David Saint

taser will just pay off another coroner and have them blame it on meth or pcp, or anything BUT the 50k volts....

SNAPTIE: Dems = Sitting Bulls
SNAPTIE: Dems = Sitting Bulls

Check out this Douchebags criminal record . Three convictions for assault. Drugs? Don't even go there, multiple for Meth,Coke and Pot. DUI's Two. Tazers and Meth plus being a violent person can be deadly.

Mmartinez449
Mmartinez449

I send my respects & it is truely a travesty what happened

Brenda
Brenda

The best way to start 2012 is to loose that old and decrepit, mean and lazy Sheriff Arpaio and his death squads.

Hernandez297
Hernandez297

So sorry you have to go through this, just like you said your brother is gone, but to a happy better place Heaven, with our creator, what a special time for him to arrive around the day of our saviors birth, tell him you love him and to pray of us, as for sheriff Joe, I believe hes digging his own grave as we speak, and the only place for him will be hell,i pray for your familys comfort god bless, respectibly, Diana

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

Where is our Arizona state Governor Jan Brewer and our state republican senators,county attorney,Arizona state prosecutor.they need to step up history will judge them harshly for there silence which can be interpreted as support for Sheriff joe Arpaios regime.Arizona state government should be ashamed of there lack of leadership.

Jason
Jason

All in the MCSO shurf's pocket.

"Where is our Arizona state Governor, Jan Brewer, our state Republican senators, County Attorney, and Arizona Attorney General?"

Hohohoazhohoho
Hohohoazhohoho

They're all cowards busy searching for their backbones!

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

To all you sheriff joe Arpaio republican supporters how long will you keep on supporting these injustices what more needs to happen for you to wake up and see Sheriff Arpaio for what he is.Sheriff Joe Arpaio is guilty of not conducting the sheriff office in a professional manner Sheriff Arpaio is accountable to no one how many more jail death need to take place for you republicans to hold Arpaio accountable.This situation needs to change we can not stand by and see what takes place in he's jails Sheriff joe Arpaio do the right thing and resign.

American_pride
American_pride

Were you there? Did you personally witness each of these deaths? Or are you just going by what you've read and been told'"? I'm certain it's the latter, which mean s you don't know jack shit.  Because you don't know shit, you should just shut your pinhole and go act like a little whiny bitch democrat in private. Joe hasn't killed anyone. But even if he did kill one of these pepper bellies-on of these criminal aliens-had the POS not been here illegally, he/she would still be alive, so the fault rests solely on their shoulders. It's called  "being out of place. Tough shit, too bad, so sad, get the fuck over it already.

Freedomfighter
Freedomfighter

You fucking piece of shit , not only was this poor guy an American citizen, he was also a vet, he went and risked his life to fight for this country, the same country who allowed ARPAIO TO MURDER HIM. This guy was more American then you are you pathetic hillbilly. Stay in APACHE JUNCTION with the rest of "your kind" , you are an embarrassment to white people everywhere!!!!

TruConserve
TruConserve

Several jury verdicts and several settlements prove to us that Arpaio is responsible for the deaths of many Americans - even some white one, which your post suggests is all you really care about.

The only one who needs to get the fuck over anything is you - get the fuck over the fact that your racist-driven man-crush on a fat 80-year-old name Joe is about to hit a tough patch, 'cause Joe is going down, and not in the may you want to do on him.

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

I wonder how some people can be so moronic and blame the victim then again what can you expect from supporters of this sheriff. The blame rest squarely on sheriff Joe Arpaio's shoulders. Sheriff Arpaio's is more preoccupied on staging media events for his self aggrandizement than actually doing his job and being responsible for his jailers.I would advise Sheriff Joe Arpaio Resign now.

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

Typical response from another republican racist moron.I don't need to be there to know that inmates in sheriff joes jails are treated like crap. There is a long history of abuse and people dying at his jails you are just to blind with hate to see it.Racist morons = republicans

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

You fucking worm... the young man was a veteran fighting for AMERICAN PRIDE in the wars stupid, narrow minded cocksuckers like you start.  You know what I mean, the wars you start and don't have the balls to fight in or sacrifice your offspring to.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

And after your dream the alarm clock woke you up right? it was time to go to the minimum wage job courtesy of your GED, but hey, don't despair, keep on dreaming and by the time you get close to retirement you might be able to afford the double wide you always wanted so you and your trailer trash crack whore can live happily ever after.

Jason
Jason

Um, FYI, The MCSO shurf served in the U.S. Army for 4 years, so does his military service count towards your BS argument?

American_pride
American_pride

Actually my first time was with your mom. She taught me the basics like a good little whore. Once she was prolapsed, I moved on to your sister. She told me not to tell you this, but when I exhausted my self inside her, she cleans me off with that sexy mouth of hers. Don't tell her I told you.... just say you smelled shit on her breath and guessed it. Don't tell her, K? Thanx!

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I bet the one and ONLY time you actually sodomized someone was when you were taking a shit and went to wipe but the paper ripped and you ended up with your finger up you own asshole.  Punk.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Is that the best you got?  shit, inbreed and stupid.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Listen, I am not going to continue arguing with you, the point is if you yell to or insult someone in your household and cops are called you will be arrested for domestic violence, if you yell or insult someone you do not know on the street and cops are called you will be arrested for ASSAULT, you do not have to hit the person or put a finger on them, verbal assault is still assault.  End of story.

American_pride
American_pride

Here's another who sucked daddy's dick instead of mommy's tit when he was a baby. That shit must run rampant in Arizona. Must be all those cocksuckin' military punks around there.

American_pride
American_pride

I'm not sure-next time I get to your trailer park and get done paying your mom after nuttin'up her butt, I'll let you know.

realist
realist

I know full well that someone would not take kindly to insults, but we are guaranteed freedom of speech by the Constitution.  Here's an example:  Westboro Baptist Church (the "God Hates Dead Soldiers" morons).  I think they are full of crap and their bs angers me.  However, I can't just go up and hit them.  Don't cite the Constitution only when it applies in your favor.  It also applies when you do not agree.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Why dont you walk to your favorite public spot and pick a random person and start insulting them and test your theory, I guarantee you one of two things are going to happen, either you get your ass whooped or that person/store manager calls the cops and you will find yourself in handcuffs.  Test it and let us know will you?

Origklutz
Origklutz

Do you kiss your mother with that mouth because you dont talk like that to her face, And why the dig at concrete?Im proud to say ive done concrete for 30 years and supported my family with out the support of you,not to mention im a third generation concrete finisher and our family never went hungry,now back to Marty he fought to keep your rump free and you downplay him like that SHAME ON YOU > God is watching and listening.

realist
realist

There is not a "verbal assault" statute.  Freedom of speech does not have any limitations in the situation you're talking about (only in situations such as yelling "fire" in a crowded room or "bomb" at the airport).  Slander is considered when it is presented as fact. But opinions, completely constitutionally proctected speech.  For example GPNSAZ (or whatever it is) has called me a few choice words that I didn't really appreciate, but there was no criminality there and no charges to press.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Hey asshole, does your toothless crack whore mother still give blowjobs for a hit at the trailer park?  next time you see her slap her for spreading her legs and getting pregnant by her cousin which resulted in giving birth to your racist inbreed dumb ass.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Freedom of speech does not extend to personal attacks and insults, that is considered verbal assault and is illegal should the person being insulted decide to press charges.

realist
realist

So you're all for constitutional rights until someone exercises one and you don't agree with what he has to say.  Then death is an appropriate punishment?  Although American Pride's racist bs tirade is a bunch of crap, it's his guaranteed right to say such bs.

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

American Pride my ass, a spineless little pussy that is probably one of the racist bastard MCSO thugs that murdered the man.  Why don't you get up on stage with a bullhorn at the funeral and repeat those nasty racist words...cocksucker ... see if you get out alive.  You slur one of my soldiers at his funeral I would sure hell as put a bullet in your fucking head, hoping that your entire inbred clan is lined up directly behind you.. SEND YOU AND YOURS DIRECTLY TO HELL bitch.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

at least he had two jobs if that is true you fucking piece of shit. Go fuck yourself.

American_pride
American_pride

Did you mistake your daddy's dick for your mother's tit as a baby? That fuckin pepper belly didn't fight for shit. He was a fucking maid at night like his momma and he poured concrete and did landscaping during the day like his daddy. Hell he did more to fight shit stains off the toilet than anything. You know what I mean?

Dumbass dicksuckers=democratsillegal aliens=democratsMarine maid and landscaper=pansy+democrat

Restitutiontouscitizensfirst
Restitutiontouscitizensfirst

Obviously you have not read so why don't you shut your big mouth since you only have a pinhole brain to back it up?  You are "out of place." 

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