Marty Atencio Dead, Blood Tests Show Him Free of Illicit Drugs, Lawyer Says

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One more victim for Arpaio: Marty Atencio

Yesterday, the family of Ernest "Marty" Atencio, who was brutally Tased in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Fourth Avenue Jail last week, removed their loved one from life support. 

According to the family's attorney, Mike Manning, Atencio died Tuesday afternoon. Plans for services have not yet been made.

Atencio, 44, was found unresponsive in a jail cell at Fourth Avenue on Friday morning, following an altercation with detention officers that involved Tasing. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, where he was kept alive on life-support machines.

A Peoria resident, Atencio had been arrested by Phoenix cops that Thursday on assault charges after exhibiting bizarre behavior, such as kicking an apartment door and chasing an automobile. 

The family has suggested that Atencio was bipolar and was off his meds at the time of his arrest.

Atencio's brother, Mike, speaking on behalf of the family last week, told New Times that the MCSO had "murdered" his sibling, an Army vet whom he called "the most patriotic guy on the planet."

He described what the MCSO did regarding Atencio as a "ploy" so the Sheriff's Office could claim Atencio had not died on their watch. 

Manning, who has successfully sued the MCSO on several occasions over wrongful deaths in MCSO facilities, agreed with his client.

"[Atencio] died in the jail," Manning explained. "But the MCSO always tries to revive [dead prisoners] and get them out of the jail so they don't have to report it as an `in-custody death.'"

Regarding rumors that Atencio may have been on illicit drugs and that this may have helped cause a cardiac arrest after he was Tased, St. Joe's did three blood tests for drugs and alcohol that came back negative, according to Manning.

Manning also said that autopsies will be performed both by the county Medical Examiner and by a coroner working for the family.

Sources have stated that doctors at St. Joe's believe Atencio may have been Tased as many as six times while in MCSO custody.

As for jailhouse videotape of the incident, Manning said he has asked MCSO for it and Arpaio's people are stalling 

Indeed, in a statement released recently, the Phoenix Police Department, also investigating the death, said MCSO had not yet provided them with video of the altercation.

"It's a bad sign if they don't release the video," Manning noted. "We've caught the MCSO in past cases destroying or degrading [such] video. By the time they gave it to us, it looked like you were watching it through a Minnesota blizzard."

Manning observed, sharply, that for the nearly 20 years the sheriff' has been in office, Arpaio has bragged about wanting his jails to be "bad" and has encouraged a "culture of cruelty" to make sure this is so.

"In all of the five death cases I've handled," said Manning, "no detention officer has ever been investigated or disciplined by the MCSO. But all [of the detention officers involved] have received promotions after the deaths."

Much has been made of Atencio's being a Latino a U.S. citizen in the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice's report condemning the systematic, discriminatory treatment of Latinos by the MCSO in the jails and out of them.

And I would not dispute that the grotesque bigotry toward Latinos Arpaio has encouraged in his own ranks may have played a role in Atencio's demise.

But it's worth noting that Arpaio's culture of cruelty goes back even further than his agency's documented animus toward Hispanics, which over the last five or six years has added yet another layer to his illegal, unconstitutional policies. 

Sadly, Marty Atencio is one more in a long line of those killed or maimed by those inhumane policies. See this story, too.

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

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Kdbeck11
Kdbeck11

Write a story about all of the illegals killing US citizens; then get back to me.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

To all the God fearing / loving haters and racists on the blog: My grandma - God bless her soul - had an old saying that she used routinely when she had the feeling she was dealing with stupid people. She used to say "You know, boy, the Devil marks his own. Sometimes you can even see it, but most of the time you hear it the moment these people open their mouth. The Devil messes up their thinking."  Me thinks I have read a couple of really strange post here. The Devil at work?

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/...

Coz
Coz

So where's the tape ?

Trommy Themulus
Trommy Themulus

So what is it going to take to clean this up and rid ourselves of this problem?  How may people have to die and how many millions of dollars will the county lose to successful lawsuits against this inept politician?  The county is at great risk now that the DOJ has been critical of their operation many more suits will follow and be successful.Seriously is there nothing that can be done to end this abomination to the rule of law in this county?  How on earth can the United States of America allow this any longer?Anyone who defends this has absolutely no love for their neighbor or humanity.

AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

You are absolutely right, why isn't an "independent" investigation going on this case? Instead it's weaving a web of deceit by the same people who created the act - we're still waiting for them to release the tape.  If Arpaio had any way to defend this, he would have already tried to spin it.  The day after an officer was shot in the foot he was out there making statements, on this he has yet to respond. 

Teresia
Teresia

I do not live in AZ. I am in a small County in Missouri. I stumbled across this news site while reading the morning news on the AP. I admit I do not fully know how things work in AZ but I am so sickened by what I have read this morning. If this were to happen in my County the officers involved would be on immediate suspension pending a full investigation and our Missouri State HWY Patrol would conduct the investigation. Not the office that committed the act. If the officers were found to be at fault they would face criminal charges. This isn't just an AZ problem. I think the entire country should be outraged! There seems to be a pattern of death at the hands of your Sheriff's Dept. Why have no charges ever been brought? This should be the lead story in the National news. ""In all of the five death cases I've handled," said Manning, "no detention officer has ever been investigated or disciplined by the MCSO. But all [of the detention officers involved] have received promotions after the deaths."

It is so hard for us outsiders to understand.

malapai
malapai

This is going to be expensive. Maybe that 1 per center lawyer will do this pro bono.

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

It's a sad and a tragic day for the family of Mr.Ernest "Marty'' Atencio Our justice system has failed Mr.Ernest "Marty'' Atencio.In fact we have failed Mr.Ernest "Marty'' Atencio Remember We the people of the United states of America. It falls on us to be vigilant and to guard against these types of civil violations.thank you Randy Parraz for being a true courage's American and by your example of activism supporting and safeguarding our precious and frail constitution.Jess cruz

OnlyinArizona
OnlyinArizona

To the Family and Friends of Marty Artencio:I am at a loss to adequately convey my condolences regarding Marty.  From what I have read, Marty was a brave young man who served our country well.  The fact that he had an incident and was without his medication does not rise to the level of tasing or abuse.I am shocked and dismayed by the treatment of Mr. Artencio - regardless of the circumstances.This is 2011.  There are many ways to deal with difficult people going through difficult times.  But THAT would take a mature, dedicated and trained law enforcment department.  The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is neither well trained nor capable of working through these sorts of incidents.  Why wasn't a mental health professional dispatched to assess the situation?  I agree with Marty's brother that Marty didn't need to die....and it is my fervent hope that your family gets the help, comfort and respect it deserves.  Please know there are many of us out here who mourn the loss of your Marty - even though we've never met.

Anita Bonita
Anita Bonita

total failure of the system.  Corrections & VA

Guest01
Guest01

you people have no respect

Wanumba
Wanumba

Fuck Arpaio.  Hope he spends his final days in prison, trembling and covering his sphincter.

MK
MK

My former employee, Marty Atencio, was murdered by the Guards in the Phoenix

City Jail last night. They tased him repeatedly. Marty was a good man; a Gulf

War Veteran. He was always smiling and he was a good producer who got along with

his fellow employees. RIP Marty Atencio. Down with Sheriff Joe Arpiao.

guestMN
guestMN

please people try to remember this man had children. His children did not deserve to have their father taken like this or talked about like this. No one does. Wait until all facts come out before you people jump to conclusions.

Coz
Coz

SWo....Bozo Joe Arpaio and his Goons kill another Mexican...hey DOJ...are you seeing sleeping ?

Coz
Coz

Rot in Hell Bozo Joe !

TR2
TR2

Can't figure out why so many people get lured into the trolling comments.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

no matter where we sit on Immigration, I do not think that anyone condones the murder of US Citizens that fought on wars for our country. I also think that most people want people to be treated like they are human no matter what they look like or where they are from.

Anon
Anon

The governor is asking for $7,000,000 for tourism to help rebuild Arizona's image. We call it "looking for new-business" for the criminal justice system and private prison corporations 'looking for customers".... You decide. We need to hear from those who live out of state. You are being forewarned.

malapai
malapai

You are in the wrong place looking for info. This is the most biased rag out there. They dare call it journalism.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

it's because the officers in Maricopa County (which is where Phoenix, AZ is located) have incompetent officers and are backed by the State Police and the republican super-majority in the state government. Politics needs to be taken out of the equation but the republicans don't want to lose power. It is a sad story and I am not surprised that anyone outside of AZ is confused.

Coz
Coz

Respect Bozo Joe ?...only an idiot or another POS would have respect for that POS.

Trommy Themulus
Trommy Themulus

You think he would show his greasy bum in the general population.  Little chance of him being anything but a hermit in protective custody.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol. Hope he is surrounded by brown skinned men.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

MK don't listen to the trolls. Sorry for the loss of your employee.

malapai
malapai

He was in Korea eating kim chee. Ask his family's trip and fall lawyer wearing the rug. He is doing it for free I hear.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

well, I will defend myself. The trolls however suck so bad that it's sorta funny to let them get all  worked up while I am busy laughing my ass off at them

Teresia
Teresia

I'm not sure what your forewarning me about but this prompted me to read your Governors speeches.  She seems to me, as an outsider , to be a mindless drone. I'm not saying we don't have problems here in Missouri, We have plenty, but I have never been afraid to walk down our streets in fear of cops! I will never again pass through your counties streets. Yes I am white but if I say the wrong thing to the wrong person in your area well, I might not  come out with my life. My tourist dollars are gone for good, Or at least until something there changes.  I happen to write for a few Magazines here in Missouri, I am working on getting this to the attention of my editors. 99% of my Ozark area readers know nothing of your plight. You are our neighbors and fellow countrymen. I think my readers will respond as I have. My thoughts and heart are with you all. I'll update on progress. I really don't stand a snowballs chance in hell of getting this picked up on the AP and around the world but there is still a chance. Gods speed to you all suffering this police state!

Teresia
Teresia

I am not an idiot. This is not my only source of information.  I have read many feeds from both haters and supporters. No matter which way you swing it there is something innately wrong with this Sheriff and the power he wields is frighting.

Guest01
Guest01

Not Joe, That guy and the entire MCSO can burn in hell.  I'm talking about the lack of respect for the man who lost his life and his family and friends.

Jason
Jason

Do us all a favor and go play in traffic.

Teresia
Teresia

I have managed to get my local CBS affiliate's news director's attention. She's looking into making it a lead story. Kolr 10 out of Springfield mo. She is interviewing some of our local county Sheriffs for their opinions on the video and other stuff. I know it's different here in Missouri. You all only have what 15 County's and we have 114. She dug up so much dirt too! Did you all know this Sheriff once set up his own FAKE assassination attempt? Of coarse you do, you living with the insanity every day. Anyway it's a baby step but it may be a spring board for it going national. Fingers crossed!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

agreed. WE need the word out so that this can be stopped. When enough people outside of AZ know what is going on it will make it more difficult for the Joke sheriff and his staff to abuse people. I am lucky to not live in Maricopa County but I still am in that county a lot and it's scary.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Thank you for your interest & concern Teresia. What you want to do is exactly what, we in AZ need to happen.Get the word out to as many people as possible.Have them visit the PNT blogs. This reign of terror needs to be stopped.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol I hear you there loud and clear. As far as I am concerned Kim Kardashians should marry Sheriff Joke and move abroad, so we never have to hear about either one of them again.I hope they do that march and bring some attention to the problem. AZ needs more people to know about it's problems.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

sheesh  they are a troll!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Teresia, the poster known as malapai has the mind of a rock (play on words). Best to just disregard his/her posts and read those that are mindful and not intended to belittle those who post here in opposition to the MCSO shurf...

Teresia
Teresia

I did not realize you were the grammar sheriff. Try editing your previous posts Mr. Grammar. I rate them at about a 4th grade level. Call me on my grammar then start your post with a non-sentence? Those who live in glass houses, remember? At least I am not an internet bully trying to stir up trouble for my own amusement.  I have questions and I am seeking answers. Answers from the people who are living it. You, well you are a grammar lacking, internet bully. If you have something to say in support of Sheriff Arpaio then by all means say it. You haven't added anything of substance to this entire thread as of now. 

Teresia
Teresia

Coverage is lacking on the Major Media outlets nationwide it seems. I did read that Occupy Phoenix is attempting to organize  200,000 plus  people to march in protest against the Sheriff. I would like to watch the World News tonight and see this instead of Kim Kardashians latest exploits!

Trommy Themulus
Trommy Themulus

Don't be a petty troll you know exactly what they meant.  If you support this kind of behavior many would put you in the category you tried to put someone in for a simple typo.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I have seen little about this in the Arizona media, they are going to ignore it like they always do.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

as if you can spell any better jackass troll.

malapai
malapai

'frighting'? Clearly an idiot.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

sorry I misunderstood too lolz. You are right. A lot of the trolls need to have something bad happen to them.

Coz
Coz

Right on !

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