Joe Arpaio's Boy Rich Burden of "Colorado Kool-Aid" Fame Retires Due to Pending Demotion

Burden's un-PC YouTube moment

Burden declined to say what the IA was about.

Asked about Burden's letter, MCSO spokesman Brandon Jones offered the following statement:

"The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office followed all applicable procedures in the revocation of retired Lt. Rich Burden's temporary promotion to District IV Captain. We appreciate Lt. Burden's year of service."

I have requested any and all IA reports and other documents involved. It will be interesting to see what Burden's talking about when he tells his colleagues, "I did what I thought was right."

New Times has written about Burden on several occasions prior to my blog on the Colorado Kool-Aid video.

A Hendershott loyalist for many of his years, Burden once ordered another deputy to rifle through the trash of longtime Joe-foe Jim Cozzolino, according to a 1999 article by ex-New Times scribe Tony Ortega .

Burden reportedly authored a search warrant to obtain Cozzolino's phone records, supposedly because "Arpaio's investigators considered Cozzolino a suspect in a death threat against the sheriff."

This, of course, was total bull. At the time Cozzolino, now a frequent commentator to this blog, was the right-hand man of Tom Bearup, Arpaio's former chief deputy, who was planning to run against Joe in 2000.

Bearup was also the victim of surveillance and bogus investigations by the MCSO back then.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

How is it that all these "good ole boys" all look and act alike?

wherewasi
wherewasi

Well, at least he didn't cooperate with Arpaio and Candy Andy in the witch hunt against the BOS and others by filing false paperwork.  He scores ONE point.

Coz - I didn't realize your trash was so interesting.  Toss a couple of bags my way and let me browse!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

Again, I say the culture of abuse and corruption Arpaio brought to the MCSO has infected all levels. 

The only way this agency will ever be turned around is by being placed in Federal Receivership so that all power is removed from Arpaio and his thugs.

Jukes
Jukes

How are these excuses for law enforcement any better than the criminals they are supposed to be protecting the public from? 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Will YPS now tell us how overall MCSO is professional?  Will he change his avatar to be a pic of Leo Drivinghawk?  Maybe Brett "shut up" Palmer?

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Burden has always been and always be nothing more than a lying corrupt SCUMBAG

Couldn't happen to a better ASSHOLE.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@shadeaux14  They choose to ignore the obvious when its about their own. Anyone else would be sitting in jail held non-bondable.

bobunf
bobunf

@Jukes They aren't.  These excuses are more dangerous than the people they "investigate," jail and kill.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@WhoKnows  

You do realize Burden and Drivinghawk were partners for many years...up until Drivinghawk was charged for Felony Fraud in Federal Court for he and his family bilking investors out of 80+ million dollars.

Then Drivinghawk turned snitch for the Feds against his family.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Cozz More proof that MCSO problems run MUCH deeper than the Joker and the command staff..

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Cozz @WhoKnows Did not know that tie!   It's interesting!  I still don't get why MCSO kept Drivinghawk on payroll for about 6 months after he plead guilty in the fraud though.  What DIDN'T he spill?

bobunf
bobunf

@Cozz You could just shorten that to "thieves they were."

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@WhoKnows  

Yes, the tie was strong between them. It was taking care of the inside buddies club that were more than willing to do Arpaio's and Hendershotts dirty work is why Drivinghawk stayed on payroll for so long..


Thick as thieves they were.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@WhoKnows  

The only asshole I know that starts from the top is Arpaio

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@jonnyquest And MCSO is now rotted all the way to the asshole! (or should that be assHOLES?)

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

The fish rots from the head.

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