Dan Lovelace, Fired Chandler Cop, Investigated for Abusing Jail Inmate in New Gig With Pinal County Sheriff's Office

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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's BFF, Dan Lovelace.
We figured it might be a matter of time before we'd  hear more about fired Chandler police officer Dan Lovelace after he was hired by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu to be one of the PCSO's finest.

 

Sources tell New Times Officer Lovelace is now under investigation for prisoner abuse stemming from a jailhouse incident on December 11 at the Florence jail.

Lovelace's law enforcement past is documented, dark, and hard to forget.


In 2000, he was involved in a high-speed pursuit of a stolen car through a residential area that resulted in the death of an innocent ASU student driving home from work.

In 2002, Lovelace killed an unarmed woman in the drive-through of a Walgreens' as she attempted to pass a fake prescription. Her little boy was in his car seat as Lovelace fired away.

Chandler terminated Lovelace and charged him with murder. In 2004, a jury found him not guilty.

After the verdict, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office added him to the Brady List of rogue officers for "inconsistencies between his trial testimony and statements given to internal affairs."

Chandler reportedly paid out $7.4 million in wrongful-death settlements thanks to Lovelace.

In 2009, newly elected Pinal County Sheriff Babeu, also an ex-Chandler officer, gave his friend -- who had campaigned for him -- a job.

According to trusted law enforcement sources, Lovelace was involved in the alleged abuse of a prisoner inside the recreation area of the Pinal County jail, and the alleged abuse involved a federal prisoner held on an immigration violation for U. S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

The inmate, who may or may not be able to speak English, attempted to communicate with detention officers that he needed the door to the bathroom unlocked so he could relieve himself.

After not being able to hold it anymore, he went into a corner, dropped his pants around his ankles and deficated.

That's when Lovelace and three other officers responded. The alleged abuse of the prisoner involved pepper spray, handcuffs, and rough treatment, the sources say.

Pinal County spokesman Tim Gaffney confirmed to New Times that Lovelace was involved in an incident with an inmate who "defecated on the floor of a holding area with several other inmates present. The inmate, who was still squatting, was given verbal commands by detention officers to stand up, but he did not comply. Lovelace used a short burst of pepper spray on the inmate, secured him in handcuffs, and then the inmate was removed from the room."

Gaffney said Lovelace's actions were under review by the PCSO's Professional Standards Units and that he has been reassigned to "a non-inmate contact status until this case is reviewed to ensure all policies and procedures were adhered to."

The Professional Standards Unit is the same unit that cleared Deputy Louie Puroll of any misconduct following his purported shoot-out with drug smugglers in the Vekol Valley.

One source said the Pinal County Jail holds ICE detainees as well as federal prisoners for the United States Marshal's Service. They estimated that Pinal County takes in as much as $750,000.00 per month from the feds for holding prisoners. That's $9 million dollars a year that could now be in jeopardy if it's found that a federal prisoner was abused by jail officers. Especially one who has a long history of reckless and dangerous conduct the sheriff was well aware of when he hired him.

Stay tuned. Sources have told NT there could be video of the alleged abuse that will either vindicate Lovelace or cook his goose.

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18 comments
MDJR
MDJR

I hope your every waking moment is consumed with the reminder of your cowardly actions and how you have single handedly DESTROYED 2 families. and people like you will never  get anywhere in life.

To: "german memory"
To: "german memory"

G.M., I did not intend any disparagement to anyone who may be gay. But as I have many gay friends and a few diverse experiences myself, I am not against anyone and their personal preferences or anyone who may be of a different ethnicity or culture. the photograph of "Danny Boy" that appears above reminds me of images one might find in a gay publication. And, of course, I meant it as a direct affront to Mr. Lovelace, a man whose extemporaneous on duty decisions have left in their wake...Three human deaths, Three affected families, A traumatized child, Two destroyed automobiles, and one badly damaged,Hundreds of needlessly used man-hours,andMillions of $$$$$$$ in costs, and damage award payouts.I find it quite disturbing that even a fool like Sheriff Babeu would give Lovelace yet a third opportunity to - well - you know. But there are all kinds of Mexicans down by the border for Danny poo to go hunting for, and at least none of them will be driving.I wish I was able to refute the commentary you have had with "Concerned Citizen", but sadly I cannot. Instead I feel the points that you both make are rather valid, and that, my friend, scares even more than thought that Lovelace is still on the loose.Steve Tracy of Phoenix

The Felony Bowel Movement
The Felony Bowel Movement

Sheriff Paul Baboon sure has a fleet of fuck-ups down there in old Pinal. Does a steady diet of roasted gila monsters, diet Dr. Pepper, and too much sun make you an imbecile ??? Don't get all butt-hurt, Paul, I was just asking. And yes, I was born in this country... Asshole !!!Officer Dan Lovelace... He'd make an excellent foldout in a gay guy's magazine, but as a cop, he seriously suxx. But, then again, so does Louie Puroll."Hey Danny boy, you're approaching the Chandler city limit; disconnect high speed pursuit of stolen automobile. We'll catch him later on... 105 is too fast for town conditions".Lovelace's ultra-powerful Crown Victoria laid down nearly 200 feet of melted tire rubber as he tried desperately to avoid the collision that was even then occurring before his eyes. I guess he slept through the "disconnect chase" class back in copper school. That little stunt reduced Chandler's bank account 7.5 million $$$$$$$$.But the Walgreens stunt stretches the limit line of intelligent police work well beyond the fracture point.Married mother, nervous and panicky, and dealing with a tragic addiction to medication. Pharmacy drive-through. Speedy Camaro convertible with an infant restrained in his car seat. And finally, motorcycle cop, and my personal vote for fagboy foldout of the year, Officer Dan... Danny Pooh arrives on the scene, and with his priors for causing deaths with cars he's not even driving, reports the following: That said Camaro convertible, it's female driver attempting to escape, began moving in his direction. Lovelace claims that he feared for his very life, So what does he do to thwart the impending peril ??? He whips out his trusty 40 cal. and shoots the lady in the head through the driver's side window, killing her instantly, and causing the car to go out of control and crash.Wow !I've heard some truly asinine excuses from cops trying to justify their negligent in-the-field performance, but that one is the trophy winner, guaranteed. A car is menacing him, so he claimed, and he felt the best course of action was not to jump away, but kill the driver, so he can longer be sure what the run away vehicle is likely to do.Another civil damage award, this one even costlier than the first one. So when you're certified "Copper Incompetent" and get the boot, Sheriff Baboon will there to dry the tears.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

German memory, Truly chilling but well said. You know your history, while the ignorant masses remain uninformed, uneducated as the "system" continues it's destructive path of mass incarceration of it's people. U.S. #1 Jailer in the world. 1 in 31 adults incarcerated, on probation or parole - Pew Report of the States.

alehound
alehound

My god, will it ever stop?

Mistalee
Mistalee

Dammit! Never a cop-killer around when you need one!

Mike Durham
Mike Durham

Were there any internal investigations procedural changes since the last Puroll incident?

David Thompson
David Thompson

Babeu hires misfits for one reason only, so they "owe" him loyalty, i.e. Dan Lovelace, Jayme Valenzuela, et al. Plus it takes away from the fact of his inexperience in Law Enforcement and he knows they will get him more face time in the media, eventually(good and/or bad)!The current Policy and Procedures that PCSO follows was Plagiarized from Chandler P.D.!Nothing like running a County Law Enforcement Agency with City rules?

davetheman
davetheman

Hopefully this is the end for Babeu and his bull

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I believe Babeu is trying to catch up with MCSO on civil actions. It appears this one may have "negligent hiring" written all over it.

It appears that PCSO needs to rename it's Professional Standards Unit... at this point it seems an oxymoron.

Coz
Coz

LOL, this is no real surprise, Arizona just love's it's dirty cops.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Next step, is he'll go work for MCSO... Joke would love him in the jails.

MDJR
MDJR

Im the husband of Consatnce 1 of 3 kids Dawn Nelson left behind after douche bag dan murdered her! there isnt a day that goes by that she is not thought of and/or talked about. I never meet dawn but openly embrace the kind words and stories my wife speaks of her mother! Dan you will always be rememebered as a cold blooded murderer,

davetheman
davetheman

If they are doing it I know nothing about it, just like Lovelace he'll try to cover it up. He knew when he hired him he had been in trouble with Chandler PD, Bet you the guy he sprayed is going to sue the county. More money out the door.

Coz
Coz

Naw, law enforcement in Arizona is nothing but bull.

Coz
Coz

Yea, he'll fit right in with the MCSO Goons

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