Joe Arpaio's Latest Victim: Phoenix Police Issue Statement

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PPD says, according to the preliminary info it has, PPD's officers did not Tase Marty Atencio

The following is a statement issued by Phoenix Police Department spokesman Steve Martos, regarding the arrest of Ernest "Marty" Atencio.

Martos states that Atencio was arrested for assault after displaying some very odd behavior, as you'll read. He also notes that the PPD believes its officers did not Tase Atencio. 

He further noted, "We have no information at this time Mr. Atencio struggled with any of our officers prior to getting to the MCSO jail."

In other words, it's all on the MCSO at this point.

I have not received any further updates from the family. My understanding is that Atencio is still on life support at this time at St. Joe's.

UPDATE 4:29 PM: Atencio's brother Mike just called to tell me that Marty is still on life support, and that the family has retained the services of Phoenix attorney Mike Manning, a well-known and very successful legal foe of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Many of you have inquired about the of the arrest of Ernest Antencio. There are two investigations occurring simultaneously by MCSO and the Phoenix Police Department. The information I can provide is limited at this time due to these ongoing investigations.

On Thursday, December 15, 2011, just after 9 p.m., Phoenix Police officers were dispatched to the area of 2800 West Laurel Lane in Phoenix regarding a suspicious person. The caller, a resident of the area, advised our dispatcher a male individual was kicking at an apartment door at their complex. The victim caller also advised when she turned to call police, this individual followed her and confronted her in an aggressive manner. The victim caller believed she was in danger of being assaulted by this individual based on his actions however, the male suspect became distracted by a passing vehicle and began chasing it.

Officers arrived on scene and after speaking with the victim, arrested the male suspect who was identified as Ernest Atencio, a Hispanic male in his mid-forties. Ernest was transported by officers to the Phoenix Police Department's Jail Intake Center where he was processed to be booked into jail for assault.

After paperwork was completed and Mr. Atencio was processed, he was taken by Central Intake officers to the MCSO jail. We understand Mr. Atencio struggled with officers while going through the process at the MCSO facility. To date, we have not been provided with specific details as to our officers actions during this struggle, in part because we have not been provided any video of this struggle by MCSO.

We anticipate obtaining further information once MCSO completes their investigation. We understand, preliminarily, our officers did not tase this individual. Though we have not completed our investigation, we have no information at this time Mr. Atencio struggled with any of our officers prior to getting to the MCSO jail. We also understand, once MCSO staff took custody of Mr. Atencio and placed him in a safe cell, our officers had no further involvement or contact with him.

Understand due to the ongoing investigation by both agencies, I am unable to provide further details regarding this incident. Regarding details as to what occurred at the MCSO facility, I must refer you to MCSO for comment or information.

Thanks,

Sergeant Steve Martos, Phoenix Police Department Media Relations.

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


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Bgilmorez
Bgilmorez

As the admiral who imposes the no death sentance world wide , due to the fact of phisical rad. laws/ similar to the laws of gravity. the cure for cancer and aids requires no bacterialization with in human burrial. Im apauled. I was supposed to take a pic. w/ the phx. police to to show their initiative and good faith. unfortunately that pic. was not taken. The pics of the officers was taken instead. After I supplied a 2500 point accuracy on theyre inspection. bgilmorez@aol.com. Brando Gilmore on facebook. 

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. This legal case will be won easily; hopefully the settlement is very large so as to send a message to other LEOs and government agencies.

Marias
Marias

Is this the guy who used to wander glendale with a cup and was special needs?

murmur55
murmur55

When you hear: "He died in a struggle with the police" it usually means the victim was suffocated to death due to restraint asphyxia. The state of WY found that a similar death at the hands of a state trooper was unconstitutional; the SCOTUS agreed.

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

As far as our county prosecutors and attorneys there appears to be a pattern developing in that direction to show their guiding principles (sort of) are lobbied by the NRA and the private prison group who have invested heavily in AZ to carry out their agenda..

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

Law enforcement in Arizona is on the cusp of losing all respect and recognition destroying all the hard work good men and women in this occupation have done over the years. Although it stands to reason there are more good than bad, it is the bad dominating the news making it sound like the entire state is corrupt or warped in ethical conduct or dependability. The public and taxpayers deserve more than they are getting right now in the area of protecting our civil rights, ethical performance and justified performance while executing their constitutional duties to protect us from harm.  This entire paradox of negligence, abuse and corruption can be eradicated by addressing those in charge of their failures to uphold their sworn duty to serve and protect us. We should demand accountability whether the truth is harmful or not and begin a new direction where we can trust these agencies again as they "clean house" of those that created rogue and dangerous  subcultures that allow contempt and violence to exist within their workplace starting with those on the top. It takes courage to stand up to workplace bullies and once these bullies are identified and addressed, the ranks will again be in order like once before and performance, ethics and accountability can make a comeback through restructuring, reorganizing and reprioritizing our public service agencies to serve the people through our constitutional designs and concepts. For those who scoff at the idea of change I say "enough is enough" and we will vote accordingly by voicing our opinions of your performance through the ballot and holding every public official from clerk to cop and from sheriff to county supervisor or attorney accountable for their willingness to follow the laws in an ethical manner through open forums and minutes of meetings documenting their stand on justice and telling the truth.  Atheist beware, In God we Trust...

David Saint
David Saint

the real funny part is, it sounds more like disturbing the peace than assault, which is what I think PPD originally said he was arrested for..or something close to it.  He didnt touch anyone, per the report (so far anyways), so i fail to see how he can be charged with assault..forgive my skepticism, but the past tells us this will just get covered up. Some accountability for a life lost would be nice for a change..

rick the prick
rick the prick

msco=murderers,murderers, murderers. no question about it. Apario is no different than the illegal aliens.  those "officers" responsible should be in jail too

ColdHeat
ColdHeat

I want to know how high this guy actually was..... "The victim caller believed she was in danger of being assaulted by this individual based on his actions however, the male suspect became distracted by a passing vehicle and began chasing it."

Normal people don't chase cars!! But I also wonder what happen behind closed doors by MCSO. Did they beat the hell out of him or did he have some kind of medical issue while laying on a concrete floor, alone, not being monitored??...

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Aftab Abdielt

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Nurse Rached
Nurse Rached

Chasing cars, exhibiting superhuman strength? My only question left if if he was sweating like crazy and/or trying to disrobe. If he was then they missed the 3 most classic signs of excited delirium. If so Phoenix and MCSO are going to take the pocketbook hit for taking him to jail instead of the hospital for treatment. Excited delirium will cause heart arrhythmia's and getting tasered at just the right time is only going to speed up the cardiac arrest.

Susan Rastella
Susan Rastella

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is going down so fast in the eyes of everyone that I'm sure he will admit to absolutely no responsibility for this veteran's improper care.  Regardless of who or what agency tasered Mr. Atencio his poor condition should have been noticed on his initial health screening which is done on EVERY INMATE UPON BOOKING.  Granted the screening is cursory but even a nurse in the booking area should recognize signs of distress.

You would think (especially with their history) that the MCSO would have a monitoring system procedure for the inmates that have had level 2 or 3 force/restraints.  It would have probably prevented Marty Atencio from becoming "brain dead".  A nurse should have been monitoring at least his breathing and blood pressure, but I'm sure such is not the case.

Sadly, it's just one more reason Arpaio needs to resign...........NOW.

Concerned individual
Concerned individual

Since moving from Brooklyn NY to the valley, you should all be lucky that ANY of this stuff even gets noticed. I'm not saying that this any of what happened is right, But the NYPD is very good at covering things up. I've seen people get shot in killed in front of my own apartment, and heard a police officer say"i was gonna start running after the suspect". on top of that things like that never make the paper or the news because most of them were living in public housing and i guess no one cared. What i'm getting at, is that we should all be thankful that things like this get noticed, and we have the oppurtunity to out the corrupt leaders who only wanna save their own asses.

Jason
Jason

Well, I got one of my three questions answered.

The Atencio family has retained Mike Manning, the same man who helped score an $8.25 million settlement in the wrongful death of Scott Norberg.

The same Mike Manning who is currently representing Judge Donahoe, Susan Schuerman and Sandi Wilson in federal lawsuits against the Old Fool...

We'll see how much taxpayer cash this family gets, thanks to the Flaccid Failure.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

what does your god have to do with anything?

and the police in AZ have been corrupt for many years. Ever read about Don Bolles?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

and even if he did, sounds like he's got a pretty decent insanity defense, in which case he should have been taken to a hospital.. but then again AZ closed all the "loony" bins..

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

no, some of the illegal immigrants are better then Sheriff Joke, since they aren't murderers.Civil crimes are always lesser then murder.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

that is right normal people don't chase cars. IT doesn't mean he was on drugs, he could have been having some sort of severe mental illness too. Some of you are so quick to say that it's drugs, but it doesn't have to be.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes, sounds like he was having some sort of mental problems. Everyone keeps saying meth, but I think the photo they provided was telling. It looked to me more like he was out of balance.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Funny how the staff in psych hospitals deal with assaultive, acutely psychotic patients, sometimes on a daily basis and you never hear of a patient dying as a result. On the other hand, the badged bullies at the MCSO, with all their "NON LETHAL?" weapons can't handle somebody WITHOUT KILLING HIM.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

i read that he had some prior medical or mental possible( PTSD ,, from the war service ??? ,, ) if medications reacted wrong, and or he was not right meds ,, and he was in a panic, could be he was trying to get help , to get to a hospital or at least he should have been taken to a medical center any how ,... just to fast to haul them all to the jail ,

there was at least seems that while in the PD area , before taken to the jail, he was relativity calm,, now ,, could from his other bouts with the MCSO have been a trigger once again of PTSD ???

any way it reads , no matter , the PHXPD has some issues to face as well as the MCSO

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

or maybe he was having a fucking mental problem, which sounds MORE likely then meth.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Maybe that was his girlfriend taking off with HIS car.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

what are you talking about? Arizona is WAY more corrupt then New York.

I loved how the guys in blue took 82 shots to kill a Haitian immigrant.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

tax payer cash that is much deserved by the family, since the tax payers in Maricopa County continue to re-elect the Joke every election.

Yes, I sorta feel bad for the people who didn't vote for the Joke, but at the same time he is RE-ELECTED! (hopefully not anymore, hopefully he gets jailed soon for being a joke, allowing murder, and failing to uphold AZ laws, and laws in the US Constitution.)

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

Interesting story. on Don Bolles....... thanks for sharing.

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

Everything ......but then, there has been breakdown in society about how important God is in our lives and how we make choices that keep up safe or put us in harm's way..Either way.. choices are made and I trust God..... as does my family. Its  a way of life and yes  AZ cops are corrupt just like others in many other states but they didn't invent to concept..and its not all of them..many are good men and women who do still serve and protect us 

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes funny thing there. well not really funny, more like ironic.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes but the PPD seems like they are the ones that DON'T have egg on their face.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

hah, or there is that too.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

no problem. I know one of the cops that was an investigator in the case and is mentioned in the Arizona Project.

He won't talk about it...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

me too. I just had to ask you why you though that. I really do try and figure things out instead of letting them go.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

its atheist. not athesist.

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

Yes, unfortunately "plenty of these corrupt cops believe in God themselves" and swear they are on the right side of the law as well. That's on them and their own issue whether or not they are good Christians. To some the lines are vague or tresspassable by choices they feel are within their right to do so. Afterall, one can ask for forgiveness and believe it will come again again and again..lol but serious

Relevance is only seen in the eyes and the mind of the reader.. I try to subscribe to logical and rational thinking but there are times when it is just so unexplainable you gotta  believe in something and when its all said and done, we all believe in something.. I just happen to close with a thought related to my faith in God and in general agree with the majority of your post as faith does not equal morality-- however faith in the good or the bad does determine the quality of that faith --- but then, we have the issue of good versus bad and again, we are back at square one deciding what is best for one's self and not necessarily others.This is where the definition of ethical conduct comes into play for one may seek ethics to please their own rather than for the good of many or vice versa.

I don't worry about athesist, the anti athesist or the anti Christ. That is all personal and has no impact on me .

BB
BB

Carl, I'm sure plenty of these corrupt cops believe in God themselves, and consider them to be good Christians.  I think it's been made patently clear in our society that faith does NOT = morality.  And no cop outs (no pun, heh) by saying only false Christians commit evil crimes.  Plenty of believers separate their faith from their actions, because people are innately hypocritical.  You're right that being a good person is a "way of life," but you don't have to ascribe to the right white dude religion to achieve that way of life.  I agreed with your entire prior post, I just don't see any relevance whatsoever of anti-atheist close.  Again - in a situation like this - atheists are the least of your worries.

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

Choices.. that's what life is all about.. I can respect that..

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

god isn't important in anyone's life. You see god is a myth. If it helps you that's great, but I do not fear your god, nor your devil, for neither exists.

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