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

Some may recall that Burden was involved in a 2002 altercation with former Phoenix Coyotes player Brad May, where May supposedly punched Burden outside a Scottsdale club.

As a result, Burden pressed charges against May, and later sued him, reportedly scoring a $26,000 court award.

My colleague Ray Stern reported that onetime Deputy Chief Larry Black, known for his "love connection" with ex-Captain Joel Fox, offered to hook Burden up with season's tickets to Coyotes games, if Burden would drop the whole thing.

Burden declined.

Black's offer was one of the revelations of the so-called "Munnell memo," a document authored by Deputy Chief Frank Munnell that spilled truckloads of dirt on the inner workings of Arpaio's office.

The memo resulted in an investigation of the sheriff's office by Arpaio's political ally, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. The Babeu report dished on additional MCSO controversies.

For instance, Babeu's report detailed the workings of the Maricopa Anti-Corruption Effort, or MACE, a product of Arpaio's partnership with now-disbarred and disgraced former Maricopa County Attorney Andy Thomas, which the pair used as a means to retaliate against their enemies in county government.

Burden was once assigned to the unit. Hendershott micromanaged MACE investigations, and wanted MACE detectives to produce a warrant to search the offices of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. The rotund chief deputy was looking for evidence that the supes had used taxpayer funds to sweep county offices for MCSO-planted listening devices.

MACE detectives, including Burden, refused to write up such a warrant, even though Hendershott threatened to "machine gun" any detective who would not do his bidding.

Burden and others were later moved out of the MACE unit by Hendershott because of the incident.

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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

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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