Joe Arpaio's Latest Victim Marty Atencio: MCSO Video of His Detention

Video of the Atencio tragedy, taken by videographer Dennis Gilman from hours of MCSO footage. Please note: There is no sound.

Last week, Marty Atencio's brother Mike told me that he and his family believe Sheriff Joe Arpaio's detention officers "murdered" his brother, leaving the 44 year-old Army vet dead in a cell, only to ship him out to St. Joseph's Hospital later, so the MCSO could deny that Atencio was an "in-custody" death.

On Tuesday, Atencio's family made the decision to remove him from life support, but the family's attorney Mike Manning later noted, "[Atencio] died in the jail."

Friday, the MCSO released eight hours of video, some of it documenting Atencio's stay in the sheriff's custody. The chilling words of Atencio's brother and of Manning have not been rebutted by that footage.

Watch the video above, taken from hours of jail tape the MCSO unceremoniously dumped on a ravenous media Friday afternoon. What do you see?

I see a pack of uniformed officers jumping on one unarmed man, who seems to be making no aggressive moves toward them.

While beneath this pile-on, Atencio was Tased. That the Tasing was unnecessary is self-evident.

There's also creepy footage (not seen above) of Atencio being thrown naked into an isolation cell. In it, Atencio is not moving, and looks to be unconscious. 

The scene in the cell is eerily reminiscent of MCSO video of Juan Farias Mendoza, an inmate allegedly beaten to death by detention officers in Arpaio's jails back in 2007.

Mendoza was 40. Atencio was 44. Both men were Tased several times in custody. And each man was a father. Mendoza had three kids. Atencio's family told me he has four, ranging in ages from 15 to 24.

The world might never have known about Mendoza, had not an anonymous tipster informed New Times of his brutal demise. Recently, Maricopa County settled with Mendoza's family to the tune of $1 million.

Which makes you wonder: How many incidents like these have occurred in Arpaio's gulags that we don't know about.

The media has been in a feeding frenzy over the Atencio death, coming as it does on the heels of the U.S. Department of Justice's watershed report on the MCSO's discriminatory practices toward Latinos in and out of Arpaio's jails

So the Atencio family's response to the video's release, in a statement given to the press by Manning, seems wise and measured, an example of dignity in the face of the media's hunger for information and Arpaio's spin machine:

"The Atencio family has instructed that I make no comment today concerning the jail video just released by Sheriff Arpaio," Manning said. "They are deeply grieving the death of their Marty and do not want their burden and hurt to interfere with the joys, blessings, and good cheer that other Valley families are looking forward to on this eve of the Christmas weekend. We will have a comment on Monday or Tuesday."

Atencio was acting erratic before and after his arrest by Phoenix cops on charges of assault. The Atencio family has indicated their loved one was bipolar and not on his medication at the time of his arrest.

Manning's stated that blood tests of Atencio done at St. Joe's showed no illicit drugs or alcohol in the man's system

Such factors aside, there's no excuse for such a death. Despite this, the MCSO boasts a gruesome track record of citizens dying needlessly in its custody

These individuals often become victims because they are already part of some at-risk group. 

Over the years, New Times has stood sentinel for them all: the diabetic mom denied her medication, the mentally retarded man asphyxiated till brain dead; the legally blind man beaten till comatose; the drug addict son offed in a restraint chair of the kind now banned from Arpaio's jails; and so on.

Now New Times stands sentinel for another in a long line of those neglected and abused by the MCSO -- the beaten, the Tased, the tortured and the slain. A line destined only to end when Arpaio is removed from power.

UPDATE 12/27/11: For more video of Atencio in custody and attorney Mike Manning's comments on same, click, here.

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


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Rebeccathatsme
Rebeccathatsme

8 MCSO agents tackle 1 unarmed man? And they still had to taser him? It is getting harder and harder to tell who the criminals in AZ are; the ones in uniform or the ones in handcuffs? Shame on all those sorry excuses for officers involved in that man's death. How do any of them sleep at night?

peacefuldad
peacefuldad

At times there were 12 cops and 1 taser in that whole beating. Sheriff Joe is a pile of dog$%#t! He not only needs to be relieved of his duties but he needs to be brought up on multiple charges.

What I just watched was a vulgar display of power and the officers responsible need to be held accountable. Its no wonder cops are not looked up to anymore, they are seen as bullies.

Guest
Guest

Where R the police mug shots of police & or jailers involved.  There isn't any.  This is a legal 1st degree MURDER Case.  It happens over & over.  It will cost taxpayers Millions to settle.  If they R charged they will go free.  They always do.  Like I always say "Our police R members of a club" The mission is to protect themselfs & each other.  The public is for protecting these Killers & stupidity.  They don't believe.  Look at video its all a setup a planned killing.  KILLERS R protecting the public yea right. 

Daviddugan
Daviddugan

Perhaps if Marty Atencio would have acted more like a human instead like and animal the officers wouldn't of had to use obsessive force to take him down. His death will only make his family sue the state like the rest of the Mexicans that claim they were racially profiled. When ICE  makes a raid on the illegals it is considered properly done.  But when Joe Arpaio and his deputes do exactly the same procedure is is called racial profiling. There appears to be a double standard here. It don't pay for any official to do his job in this state without having { And you know who you all are } a group forming a witch hunt to take them out.   

ashley
ashley

so sad! whats even worse is those scumbags will get away with murder because they are the law. they went too far!

LAURIE
LAURIE

I THOUGHT THE PO LICE WERE SUPPOSED TO SERVE AND PROTECT?  THE PO LICE IN THIS STATE DO NOT LIKE US YOU CAN ASK ANYONE. THEY ARE SO LAME THE HIDE OUT LIKE SNAKES IN THE GRASS HOPING TO CATCH ANYONE DOING ANYTHING WRONG AND THAT DOES NOT EVEN HAVE TO BE THE CASE NOW THEY CAN JUST PULL U OVER AND KILL YOU...THEY MUST PAY THIS IS THE MOST CORRUPT ORGANIZATION IN THIS U.S.OF A. ASK ANYONE EVERYONE KNOWS THEY LIE THEY MURDER THEY WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET RID OF US ALL

LAURIE
LAURIE

I HATE THE POLICE IN ARIZONA THEY ARE ALL MURDERS!  HOW MANY HAVE TO CONTINUE TO DIE IN JOES LOCK UP?  IF YOU GOOGLE ARPAIO PAYS YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH MONEY HAS BEEN SPENT ON LAW SUITS HE HAS LOST AND HAD TO PAY THIS IS SO CORRUPT I AM THINKING OF MOVING OUT OF THIS CRIMMINAL STATE I HATE IT MORE AND MORE ALMOST EVERY DAY HE IS GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER!  HOW CAN THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA KEEP HIM IN OFFICE AND THE INVESTIGATION, HOW COME WHEN THEY HAVE PROOF OF HIS B.S. HE STILL GETS TO DECIDE WETHER OR NOT HE WILL COORPORATE?  THIS STATE IS KNOWN AS THE MURDER STATE BECAUSE OF SHERRIF SHIT I FEEL LIKE WE SHOULD ALL GANG UP ON HIM AND BLOW HIS BRAINS OUT I HATE THAT MURDER

DeadMan Walking
DeadMan Walking

There wouldn't be any audio on those cameras. Also, there are way to many officers in the group. There should never be more than 3 officers in a situation like that. 3 officers would have been able to detain him. When you have that many people, you end up getting crowded out and officers don't know what the other officers are doing. This is how people get hurt...

Angered
Angered

Nice try pigs. Your are trying to incite violence. It won't work,  we are going to do it legally.Why is our governor not commenting on this. Can't crawl out of the snake hole she lives in.Hoping it will pass her by.

I Catcher
I Catcher

What's there to go to trial or prosecution for? The video made it all clear. If the system is delaying justice then maybe some one or some people should bring justice to these sickos that felt nothing torturing an unarmed and single man to death.

I Catcher
I Catcher

Sick sob. I expected some kind of a hitman or atleast several men from the families or Latinos would have hunted this man down by now and meated out "justice" and torture that he so deserved. I thought Latinos men were brave but so far...nothing.I wouldn't be surprised or felt sorry if this man were to be found dead after torture one fine day.

Anon
Anon

This is perfectly horrific -- Abu Ghraib in Arizona!

Jack
Jack

Though I am a white racist bastard myself, I can't comment and say how disgusted and horrified I am regardless about all of this out of fear from Arpaio 's goon squad using taxpayer $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to hire a hacker to hack the NT (New Times) servers & find out who I am, hunt me down AND DO THE EXACT SAME THING (MURDER) TO ME. It can happen to you too guys. Quite easily. Oh yeah, and please quit your whining and bickering. You're detracting from this poor guys death and the fact that we should be focusing our anger on Arpaio for not firing these guys and then charging them with murder, acomplice, etc. I'm also sick that Brewer and others aren't doing or saying anything about this. It DEMANDS immediate comment and action. P.S. - I've seen 10-20 officers in the youtube video, not the 8 or 9 some have said.

mirele
mirele

According to the link it was originally posted to the Stauffer For Sheriff Facebook page. Three Sonorans did people a favor by reposting it to their site, since Facebook is of the debbil. It is worth a read, if you can get your head out of your  hindquarters.

Trish Scanlan
Trish Scanlan

Apparently the sheriff has been able to hire staff that follow the herd mentality that he encourages not to mention they are, as a group, one of the most out of shape, overfed, unfit group of peace officers ???? that I have ever seen!  How do they live with themselves?!  Cowards!

Gwmwllc
Gwmwllc

Are you saying this guy was a choir boy?

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JD
JD

I keeep hearing from MCSO that "as a result of an altercation" Atencio had to be physically restrained. Can someone please tell me at what minute and what second of the video this "altercation" occurrs? This is simply a gangland style beating and murder of a man at the hands of Arpaio's thugs. 

ClaudiaLopez1
ClaudiaLopez1

Let the people treat Arpaio the Bastard the way he has treated many. he needs to be out of office.Mother Fucker

Pakal Hatuey
Pakal Hatuey

Arpaio and his goons are nothing less than gangsters using the law to carry out their gang banging ventures of terror on Indigenous people (in this case people of Mexican and Central American descent, documented and undocumented). These gangsters will not be happy until they kill or deport as many more Mexicans as possible to practice their white “authority” over Indigenous people!!!!

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

I read it. He painted himself into a corner a bit early. It'll be interesting to see the autopsy results. I appreciate the fact that the three sonorans borrowed the material from facebook. My bad for jumping to that conclusion.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

seems that the only people who think MCSO did anything right ARE from MCSO itself?

It's sad the blantant disregard for human life in MC, ESP in its jail.

BTW Mike Stauffer noticed something that pissed me off too, the two MCSO employees that are pointing and laughing at Marty AS the MCSO murders him.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

To the three sonorans? Why doesn't he "speak out" to the local media? His comments were irresponsible, showed a lack of knowledge regarding use of force and generally spiteful. He has lost any credibility as a swing shift mid level supervisor of a small agency.

Was it the "choke hold" that Killed the guy Mike? That was the only thing you pointed out as approaching lethal force. I foresee egg on your face after painting yourself into such a corner so early in this investigation... I am really interested In knowing what Marty said to the nurse after being held down and restrained. I am also interested in knowing what Marty was saying prior to being restrained by the arresting officers from Phoenix. Mike, you say you see a detention officer knee striking Marty in the head three times. That comment could be considered slanderous and lead to you paying that DO for false accusations.

You are a loser and haven't the chance to win this election. It's tragic because we desperately need change. You were better off not saying anything.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Yes.  Thank you for the post.  I appreciate having the opportunity to read what a trained law enforcement officer who does not work for MCSO or Phoenix PD has to say about it.  

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Thanks for posting this.  I appreciate it very much.

Crow
Crow

He wasn't a murdering Pig like those you defend. 

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

is assault a capital offense that you can get sentenced before you even stand trial?

wherewasi
wherewasi

Are you saying he deserved to die?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

would that maybe because THE LOCAL media DOESN'T give a shit about this, and protects MCSO?

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

Slander? When Atencio ended up dead? Jesus, do you work for the MCSO or something? Because all you do on here is suck their cocks.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

exactly. It was telling that he noticed a few things I did too.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

something THAT Mike Stauffer stated too. Apparently for those that think I am some dumb ass cause I don't toe the fucking MCSO line, I would suggest you talk to outside sources and see what they have to say. I am not trained in LE and yet I noticed some of the things that a trained professional noticed. Guess I am not so stupid now am I YPS, you fucking hypocritical fucktard.

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

There are no doubt honest, non-corrupt members of the MCSO. But if they remain a part of the MCSO without speaking up, they will forever be linked to a murderous, corrupt, racist regime. 

I mean, I'm sure there were honest, non-corrupt Nazis,Commies, etc. But once you wear that uniform, you only redeem yourself by taking it off.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I dont only cause they managed to violate the Geneva Convention when they strapped a scared white  autistic kid into one of those chairs that wound up dying. Other then that the thugs in MCSO do appear to have a problem with brown skinned people.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

its possible, but usually the shitty media Phoenix has bows down to the right-wing pansies like Joke ...

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

The local media hopes Joe runs for re-election so they can get their hands on some of the 6 million he has to spend on his re-election. Resnik, and maybe Hook only journalist of the 4 major networks who might say something. The rest are only lap dogs. peace

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

If you help kill a man, and then someone says you kneed him in the head, but you didn't knee him in the head, the last thing you'll be doing is suing anyone for slander. Know why? Because in a civil deposition, they can ask you anything they want while you're under oath, and it can be used against you by a prosecutor.Feel free to pass on the legal advice to your POS buddies in the MCSO. Or keep it for yourself, as far as we know. Stauffer has zero to worry about here.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

If noone was kneeing the suspec in te head but a politician issues a statement accusing the person of such, it most certainly is slanderous and very damaging to ones reputation and career. Shake away from the tunnel vision.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I wouldnt want to be a cop, sorry it ain't my thing.Instead I am perfectly happy to grow my plants.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Wow you and mike Stauffer are like minded individuals! It doesn't shock me in the least, actually. You too could be a lieutenant in Scottsdale PD.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes thank you that is the one.  I thought he had Autism, but that is the case.. 2006, can you blame  me for not remembering his name or the date? and ty for digging that up.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I am somewhat sensitive to police abuse due to some history I have with members of LE. I can't really comment on here about why. It's no one else's business. However I find it wrong to murder people in jail anyways. It's an abuse of trust, and is wrong. Police should never be murderers. People like YPS that blindly support abuse are part of the problem.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

YPS, I an speak to whatever or about whoever I want to, and once again you can't do shit to stop me.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Except Norberg was not little not was he autistic or a kid. He played football in college and was good at it. His story is tragic, his family is outstanding and his downward spiral in life was a travesty.

You are a moron who has no business speaking of him since you know nothin about him.

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

Charles Agster -- mentally retarded, strapped into a restraint chair and suffocated. He was 33, but had a mental age of a child:

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com... 

$9 million jury verdict. That's JURY VERDICT, not a settlement. 

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Growing up I knew Scott.  We shared the same birthday and friends.  His story is pretty sad along with the others who have died at the expense of the taxpayers due to abuse in the jails. 

 I take this abuse and murder very personally.  I feel very upset that I am paying for this to happen in Arpaio's jails.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

after a little research it might have been him. I got a bad memory for names and dates tho...sorry I can't remember everything anymore.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Eleanor, it's possible let me open up another window. I am not sure. I get names mixed up. Did he happen to have Autism?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

don't remember their name, but their family sued the shit out of MCSO and won 10 million dollars. I do remember he was picked up at a local Circle K, accused of being on meth, and was arrested.

It's a standard pattern of abuse  by the MCSO. They pick on the weak, the mentally unstable , the "illegals" and others.

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