Joe Arpaio's Alleged DUI-Deputies: Lieutenant Aaron Brown and Detective Stephen Palmer

It took a lot for the cops to wake Palmer. Sergeant Ralph Flores, Palmer's arresting officer, shook him and barked orders at him until he was sentient.

Flores noted the strong smell of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle, and that Palmer's speech was slurred. The sergeant relates that he did not finish field sobriety tests due to Palmer "not being able to stand on his own."

When asked where he was employed, Palmer said he "worked for Joe Arpaio" as a deputy sheriff.

"I asked the subject if he had been drinking," writes Flores. "He said that was a stupid question and said yes."

Flores told Palmer he could be arrested for DUI because he was allegedly snockered and found sitting behind the wheel snoozing, "with the ignition on."

Writes Flores, "Mr. Palmer replied in a very condescending voice `do what you got to do.'"

When Flores tried to administer the breath test, "Palmer turned his head and told me to get it away...[he] was very defiant during the entire contact."

Because Palmer refused the breath test, the cops drew blood. An analysis indicated that the blood sample had an alcohol concentration of .232.

Palmer currently faces two DUI charges, two extreme DUI charges, and a citation for stopping his car on the curb. His next court date is March 7.

Several cops I've spoken to at different agencies in the Valley tell me that the discipline meted out by a department to a cop in either of these situations would be severe, and might include suspension or even firing.

Though MCSO has not replied to my requests for info on Brown and Palmer, my sources indicate that both men are still employed by MCSO and neither were suspended. If I find out differently, I'll update this post.

I have not heard of Palmer before, but Brown has already earned a reputation during his tenure with MCSO. Not only did Brown once play aide-de-camp to fired, disgraced ex-MCSO Chief Deputy David Hendershott, he also was mentioned prominently in the investigation into the Fiesta Bowl scandal.

See, the lieutenant ran Blue Steel Consulting, a security consulting company that came into existence because ex-Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker gave Brown $350K of Fiesta Bowl funds to help Blue Steel get started.

It's been reported that the Fiesta Bowl paid Brown's firm more than $500,000 in one year, and the special counsel's report on the scandal related how Junker and Brown once held a "security site planning session" at Phoenix's Bourbon Street strip club, where Junker dropped $1,241 during the course of the evening.

There's more. Brown and another deputy, Jason Lier, were involved in an incident in 2005, where Lier shot a man's eye out during their stay in post-Katrina New Orleans, ostensibly to help the residents.

With Brown driving, Lier fired at the unarmed man for no apparent reason. That episode cost the county $2 million in a settlement with the victim.

Which, just reading about, makes me long for a stiff drink. At home, mind you. At home.


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DNichols
DNichols

Arpaio is "Below the Law".

Arpaio's Deputies know they can do any thing they want, Wrongfull in Custody Killings, Lie under Oath, Steal, even in a Court Room, DUI is very minor for the Corruption Riddled  M.C.S.O.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

As usual, The OLD FART is gonna say:"NOTHING TO SEE HERE, NOTHING HAPPENED", and then promote the drunkards while Jan Gin Brewsky gives them the thumbs up and Jaffy performs his cheerleader moves while wearing his pink tutu and The JOKE wears his PINK G-STRING. LOL.That would be a good press conference.

squash
squash

Getting a DUI is one thing; getting a DUI while being a cop is another. Their jobs are to uphold and enforce the laws, not to break them. It takes a high level of hypocrisy to do the same exact thing that you arrest others for.  I really do wonder how many people Brown and Palmer have locked up for DUI....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Can't wait to see the MCSO shurf put their mugs on mcso.org....

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

Just more evidence that the Flaccid Failure employs criminals and lawless thugs. He breeds corruption from the top on down. No integrity, no accountability, no moral standards. Just pure lawlessness at the MCSO.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

lol doesnt surprise me at all. I once met up with a friend in tempe, who had a few of his MCSO buddies with him. No big deal, cool guys and all. But i was a little shocked when i started following them to another bar and noticed the driver, a Detective with MCSO, was drinking beers and just tossing them into the back of his truck while driving..as if it was no big deal. How many times have we read about a MCSO employee driving drunk or dangerously, and then the case just vanishes? These guys think they are immune to the law because they work for joe..their statements pretty much confirm this. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

"Because Palmer refused the breath test, the cops drew blood."


Doesn't this mean an AUTOMATIC 1 year suspension of his driver's license?  It does for other people!


I wonder if Jaffy is riding him around on the back of his Schwinn, with Jaffy making siren sounds if in a high speed (5mph or more) chase!

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Great investigative work. Keep the updates flowing. In a couple of weeks the AZ Republic will have something on this. As an aside, there were MANY incidents of law enforcement abuse in Katrina areas. People would have been better off with out the cops.

PissOnArpaio
PissOnArpaio

Just more everyday criminals that work for Arpaio that can do no wrong according to Arpaio.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

somebody look up and see if either of these 2 had their pictures up on Joe's website

robert_graham
robert_graham

@PissOnArpaio Piss on you!  But it's okay if a Democrat breaks the law, right?  You have no room to complain so go fuck yourself asshole.

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

@JoeArpaioFan jaf loves his asshole fucked, plowed, stretched, banged, filled, gaped, molested, fingered, AND finished with a...Cream Pie from joey the greaseball arpaio.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan

What evidence do you have that this was politically motivated?

Seems to me both Phoenix and Tempe PD made legit busts on the MCSO Gestapo fools.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

@JoeArpaioFan @PissOnArpaio They're sayin' you work at Burger King? 

Excuse you, but......Blah!hahaha. I thought you're supposed to be mopping up piss and shit in the men's restroom at the MCSO.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan please tell me where in the article that it even alludes to them being republicans? if you are saying they have to be republicans because Joe is, then please explain how we have republican and democrats with a democratic president? is Joe discriminating and only hiring republicans?

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @PissOnArpaio lol take a xanax, and re read your comment..you are saying "but its okay if a dem does it?" Robert, let me help you out here. You are contradicting yourself. You are trying to excuse the criminal behavior of 2 MCSO employees by trying to point the finger at something that doesnt even exist. No one is talking about letting Dems walk on DUI. Having lost 4 people close to me because of DUI's, i certainly would NOT excuse it no matter who it is. And if you support the law as you say you do, you wouldnt either. But you dont support the law, you support joe..and there is a very distinct difference. 

PissOnArpaio
PissOnArpaio

@JoeArpaioFan

Jaffy, Jaffy, Jaffy, such an internet tough guy you are...

I hear your finally getting that "Do you want fries with that" saying down at Burger King. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MotherJones usually if you are arrested, i thought you still had to be booked. but thank you for the tip on that

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

@JoeArpaioFan hey jaf slide arpaios cock out of your slurping mouf and say

benghazi benghazi benghazi, three times is the charm...

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @danzigsdaddy lol unlike these guys, there is no direct evidence Holder was involved. And dont get me started on Issa's sham hearing either, that was a joke. But what gives fan boi? I thought you were all about supporting the law? Is it different because they are MCSO employees?? lol tisk tisk....

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  you are the one that says selective law enforcement is necessary. if Joe and his officers are to be exempt from the repercussions of their actions, so should Holder and his agency. this is why myself and others are against the selective enforcement that you say is necessary. unlike you, i firmly believe that even though Joe and Holder are not personally or physically responsible for their agencies mistakes, they are the ones who should have to answer for them.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan   there you go again, i have always felt Holder and his department should have to answer for it. you on the other hand believe that all officials should be let off the hook as long as they pull the Joe Arpaio defense of  "I do not recall". how do we know if Holder recalls it? if he says he doesnt......according to you we have to let him go. you also believe that if he says he cant find one single person or group responsible....nobody should have to answer for it (that worked for MCSO).  if Holders department's actions caused the loss of life and allowed for crimes to be committed..... how is that different than MCSO's actions causing the loss of life and allowing for crimes to be committed?  in both cases it was the actions of a few that are casting bad views on the rest of their departments. if those departments dont have to punish the ones who are doing these things....why would you expect the other agencies to do anything? if we get Holder out of there, are you going to make sure Arpaio is removed too? both of them should be answering for their agencies actions and are ultimately responsible for their agencies. if you are going to pretend that nothing has gone wrong inside the MCSO infrastructure....pretend Holders group is innocent too. as long as we use you blind faith, we can say both Holder and Arpaio are just doing their jobs. and to paraphrase Arpaio "Sometimes thats the cost of doing business". if Arpaio has as many problems as he does because his agency is so big, we should be more understanding for Holder.......his agency is WAY, WAY bigger.

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