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.