Joe Arpaio's Latest Victim Rushed to Hospital (w/Updates, Including Victim's Name, Mugshot and More)

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More bad news for Arpaio, coming at the most inopportune time...

Note: For Updates, including the name and mugshot of the victim, see below.

Following on the heels of a report by the U.S. Department of Justice condemning the MCSO for engaging in "discriminatory policing" and blasting its treatment of Latinos in and out of its jails, an incident involving a prisoner at Arpaio's Fourth Avenue Jail may end up offering more proof of the report's findings.

Rumors of the details of the incident have been bouncing around Facebook since yesterday, with claims by Scottsdale Police Lieutenant Mike Stauffer, Arpaio's only announced foe in the 2012 election, that "a Latino inmate at 4th Avenue Jail is brain dead due to excessive force by detention officers."

Stauffer later updated with another post, saying that his source was telling him that homicide detectives were reviewing video and that MCSO was attempting to contact the individual's family to see if they wanted to remove the person from life support.

MCSO responded yesterday with a vague account of what transpired, which I've repeated in full below. MCSO spokesman Jeff Sprong stated emphatically that, "I want to make it clear that we did NOT have an inmate die last night."

Sprong issued a statement from Arpaio's top flack Jack MacIntyre, identifying the prisoner as a U.S. citizen brought in by the Phoenix Police Department on charges of assault. MacIntyre described the man as "abusive," and stated that the man was placed in a "safe cell" and was under "observation" by medical personnel.

"Approximately 15 minutes later medical personnel rechecked the arrestee and initiated CPR and other rescuscitive [sic] efforts," MacIntyre stated. "The arrestee was transported to a local hospital for additional treatment. The case is currently under investigation."

Phoenix Police Department spokesman Steve Martos said the man had been arrested for disorderly conduct (as apposed to "assault," as stated by the MCSO). The man was processed at Phoenix PD's central intake, then transported to 4th Avenue.

"Once he got down to the jail, there was some kind of scuffle of some sort," Martos told me. "It's been described to me as a scuffle, not as a fight or anything like that. MCSO pretty much took it over from there, and said, `We've got it, we're going to put him in a cell by himself.'"

Martos described the Phoenix PD's involvement in the scuffle as "minimal." He said he did have the man's name, but was not yet ready to release it, pending the MCSO's investigation.

He did say that the name "Encinas" was not the name he was given.

One law enforcement source I have stated that the man "was not likely to survive" his injuries. However, I would caution that's just one source, and that the source's info is second hand.

More as I get it.

UPDATE 1:31 PM: Sprong got back to me after my blog post, with the following statement,

"I have a copy of the booking sheet that Phoenix Police filled out for this inmate. Under charges it specifically states that he is being charged with assault (not disorderly conduct). I don't know where the confusion is on this but I can verify that the booking sheet does say one count of assault." 

I re-checked with Martos, who told me that his info shows a disorderly conduct charge, but said he didn't know if another charge was added.

UPDATE 2:05: This statement just in from MCSO spokesman Christopher Hegstrom,

"The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is releasing the name and photo of Ernest M. Atencio D.O.B. 2/22/67 who was arrested by Phoenix Police Thursday night. He is at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. He is listed in Critical Condition at this time."

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Ernest M. Atencio's mugshot, released by MCSO

UPDATE 12/18/11 9:44 AM: KPHO/Channel 5 scored more info about Atencio. He's a vet. Watch here:



Here's the MCSO's original statement to the media, made Friday:

We have received numerous emails regarding an incident that occurred at the 4th Avenue Jail last night. I am being told that someone put on Facebook that an inmate named Encinas was tased and transported to the hospital and died. I want to make it clear that we did NOT have an inmate die last night. Below is a statement from Deputy Director Jack MacIntyre regarding an incident that occurred at approximately 3:00 this morning:

There was an incident yesterday with a Phoenix Police arrestee who was never finalized and booked into a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office facility. Phoenix Police brought in an individual who was a United States citizen on charges of assault. He continued to be abusive with arresting officers during the booking process. Phoenix Police were forced to continue to use defensive efforts and Maricopa County Sheriff's Office staff assisted in restraining the individual and attempted to complete the booking process. Medical personnel advised Phoenix Police and Maricopa County Sheriff's Office staff to place the arrestee in a safe cell to continue the search process and attempt to get the individual to cease his combative efforts. While inside the safe cell, he was under medical visual observation by medical personnel. Approximately 15 minutes later medical personnel rechecked the arrestee and initiated CPR and other rescuscitive efforts. The arrestee was transported to a local hospital for additional treatment. The case is currently under investigation.


The inmates identity will not be released at this time due to the status of the investigation.

Jeff Sprong
Media Relations Unit
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

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

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243 comments
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. See the newly released video: clear evidence of the prone restraint with weight on the chest wall.

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.

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

Please listen to lieutenant Mike-stauffer radio interview

Please consider voting for lieutenant Mike-stauffer for our next Maricopa sheriff.

Link below

http://theloushow.com/2011/12/...

Kevjessumberger
Kevjessumberger

we  need someone to make  the truth about arpio  go viral. i am a caucasian male(i dont consider myself white) i felt favor towards joe until yesterday when i serviced a very elite/wealthy home. as i was talking to the help they told me the 9 million dollor home across the way was owned by joe arpio, our lowly sheriff. joe also supposedly owns several  multimillion dollar homes . either joe is in someones pocket or he is paid way too much, dont public servants income and grand estates required to be public information?  if joe does hold several millions woth of property somthing is arry with the "good ol boy" lawman. will someone with tech savvy pick this up and see whats what..  ron paul for president. . anyone else freaking out about all the "im a morman" billboards. i bet that is costing mitt a pretty pinny

murmur55
murmur55

Did the "restraint" involve sitting on the chest wall? No one should die from a "struggle with the police", especially in a contained setting with multiple officers present, all of whom should have been trained to perform safe restraint. These restraint related deaths are occurring a few times a month.

If the victim did have bipolar disorder, he should have been sent to a hospital. All altered mental status issues should be assessed in an ER before transfer to jail; if a psychiatric or medical condition is present then hospitalization is the correct course, not criminalizing behavior that is not under the control of the person.

Lincolndavid
Lincolndavid

The bottom line is this, if you don't want to be in jail, don't cause yourself to be there. If you don't want to be hit by the police, don't hit the police. It is that simple. This person brought this on himself. No one put a gun to his head and made him commit assault. No one threatened to kill his children if he didn't start a fight with the police. He did it all on his own.

texasaggie
texasaggie

Why exactly did they feel it was necessary for medical personnel to observe him while he was in the cell?  What had they done to him that made it advisable to keep checking to see if he was still alive?  And if that is "minimal," (Martos described the Phoenix PD's involvement in the scuffle as "minimal.")  then what does "serious" look like?

pattreid
pattreid

It's pathetic how rampant the hate is in America. We were all foreigners when we came to America and wiped out the Native Americans who lived here for generations. Nothing good happens on stolen land.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

In all due respect, now you've lost me. PHX PD - Steve Martos - is repeatedly quoted with "disorderly conduct". So, let's wait and see if the suspicion of assault is a trumped up charge.  Believe me, I'm familiar with the terminology "defensive efforts".Where is the mentioning of the use of a Taser to subdue the man? If he was under observation by medical personnel, how come he was basically dead when the observers checked on him after 15 minutes?  And please, do not quote McIntyre as a reliable source of information!

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

However wrong it may be..... Have you read the DOJ report, in its entirety?Do the words " most egregious Civil Rights Violations in US History" have a defined meaning to you?  Quote: "Joe Arpaillo(sic) is doing what he can to eliminate the illegals in Arizona."  You want to hear an analogy?  Hitler and his henchmen intended to "eliminate the Jews."  Is racism such an integral part of your thinking that you don't even notice it anymore?

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

You, Sir, present yourself as a complete moron!

Joshua Barkley
Joshua Barkley

Withholding comment until an outside investigation is done and the videos are released.

Jason
Jason

Three questions:

1) Who is his high-priced private practice lawyer?

2) When is his family going to sue Maricopa County taxpayers for his wrongful death?

3) How much money is his family intending on suing Maricopa County taxpayers for?

Ihateuebay
Ihateuebay

Answer to #1: whoever they can pick out of the yellow pages TODAY. Answer to #2: TOMORROW. Answer to #3: as many millions as you and I can dream of. For this reason alone, Joe needs to go. He's a shadow of the sheriff he used to be. He's a financial liability to the people of this state simply due to his notoriety. Everyone wants to sue Joe. 

Origklutz
Origklutz

all they can get and thats not enough

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

most of the people that sue Sheriff Joke are well within their legal rights to do so. His notoriety has nothing to do with it.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

people are sue happy when people they love are murdered. ESP when they are murdered by the police. IT wouldn't matter who was in charge of MCSO. If I Was in charge and people died, I would be sued.

Ihateuebay
Ihateuebay

Yes it does. Now you're just not being honest. It has a lot to do with it. The dude is a shit magnet and it's his own fault for sure. That makes people "sue" happy.

Bryon Astell
Bryon Astell

Nothing to see here everyone knows one + one = 12 ....................

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

one + one = 12 is possible if 1=6

Delacosta John
Delacosta John

Why is this kind of people with dangerous Habits, holding there POSITION so long...some...Governors.

Marcy
Marcy

Unfortunately for the family of the victim, the video system at the MCSO jails always seems to fail when a guard kills an inmate.  It's quite the mystery.

Anon
Anon

 A top-notch attorney will deal with this.

Jerryhinrikus
Jerryhinrikus

You go Joe.

Shooter McGaven
Shooter McGaven

Yah, uhm keep up the good work gramps.

I get the feeling he could shot infant twins in the face, and people would still make excuses for him, and say "That's just him being tough on crime!" Wake the fuck up nimrods. You CAN be tough on crime without committing crimes and costing taxpayers 50 million in lawsuit settlements. That is NOT magical money, WE pay for it.

hdmi
hdmi

  Looking forward to the day Joe Arpaio's mug shot is the one posted.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes we all are. I think I will save his mugshot photo and put it on my desktop for a month or two.

FiberchimGroup
FiberchimGroup

Thank you. A very interesting article, I will continue watching very carefully.

Fiberchim Group
Fiberchim Group

Thank you. A very interesting article, I will continue watching very carefully.

ZangKoo2
ZangKoo2

That pompous windbag Arpaio is clearly corrupt as the day is long. Wow.www.Total-Privacy dot US

Anon
Anon

Pompous? We say narcissist. He cannot see himself for what he is -- an evil monster among us.

Garisonthebull
Garisonthebull

There is very little information to go by in this case. The investigative process has all but "locked down" the circumstances leading up to what appears at face value, an abuse of the use of force continuum, possibly deliberate indifference, but certainly poor security practice. Was the use of force justified? Possibly.. Were staff deliberately indifferent to leave him unattended for 15 minutes after the use of force occurred? Most likely... Is it bad security practice to leave an inmate alone in a cell while not being compliant with staff and having not having been fully searched at intake? No question... Does the mans Latino heritage reflect the environment and culture being inbred into the agency by Arpaios administration? It warrants deeper investigation...

Clarity
Clarity

WOW, Another death at the hands of MCSO, simply unbelievable!http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dp...

Apparently during a DUI stop. See article link pasted above.

Clarity
Clarity

A deputy was shot in the foot by a .45 the suspect had on him, which is unfortunate for the deputy. Violence is a terrible thing against any person.

What I don't understand is, the suspect was already hand cuffed by the deputy,and he still got to his gun? Don't the deputies have to frisk people? Isn't there aprotocol to follow in a situation like this? Or are the deputies not getting adequatetraining? This also smells of bad administration to me. If the deputies are not beingproperly trained it puts their lives at risk and that is not a good thing!

No word yet on whether the suspect was Hispanic. But if he was, and he was under theinfluence of alcohol, his thinking was affected and he may have thought he was beingprofiled. If that's the case this is more evidence of Arpaio's dangerous policies at work!

Two bodies in 24 hours, not a good track record so far, especially not after that DOJreport just came out exposing all of those terrible things.

The deputy will apparently lose his toe, thank god he didn't lose his life!The suspect lost his life last night. Perhaps if the training protocols had beenat work all of this could have been avoided. 

Common sense dictates that a suspect should be frisked and or closelymonitored after being cuffed right? I'm not an LEO, but that's the first thing Iwould have done. That's what my common sense would guide me to do.

Malfeasance, bad training, inadequate training, no funds for training?Whatever the case this just seems like another needless event.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Who truly can stand up and defend an out of control county sheriff? Something is seriously wrong with Arizona... pure tyranny.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

something is really wrong with some of the fucks in this forum that support the COs beating the shit out of people.

Ihateuebay
Ihateuebay

I haven't seen anyone support "beating the $%&" out of people. I see people looking at the side of the victim more so than the side of the people charged with handling him after his induction into the system. My husband works for a private facility. The COs are not permitted to touch the inmates other than for procedural (cuffing, transport, etc.) processes. COs can be beaten within an inch of their lives over a carton of milk or perceived disrespect, but they can't touch the inmates. Only special response teams are permitted to lay hands defensively on an inmate and only when there is no other recourse. I'm more concerned about the folks that seem to think that criminals have more rights than law abiding citizens. Mr. Atencio was arrested for assault. Mr. Atencio had the right to remain silent and unfortunately for him, he decided not to do so. He decided to become physically combative. If the officers (CO or otherwise) truly caused his death with malice, then they need to be dealt with accordingly, and inducted into the very same judicial system as Mr. Atencio.

malasangre
malasangre

we all have the SAME rights. tell your piggie to get a real job and produce something besides hate. probably too stupid. yep all those people died in jail because no one is "allowed " to touch inmates.  is that what your hero tells you and his litter Rinaldi wasn't "allowed" to shoot his wife in front of his kids, but he did.  CO mentality, respect me or i'll kill you.  fuck you all

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

of course I am going to look at it from the side of the victim, because MOST victims needed someone looking out for them while they were being victimized.

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