Michael Monti Brings Out Mark Mitchell's 1993 "Arrest"; Mitchell Says Monti's "Really Hitting the Bottom of the Barrel on This One"

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How Mark Mitchell's night ended on November 4, 1993.
Back in 1993, Mark Mitchell -- who's running for mayor of Tempe -- was involved in an incident with police at a Mill Avenue bar.

Mitchell's opponent in the mayoral race, Michael Monti, is now making it a campaign issue (in 2012), claiming Mitchell's "distort[ing] the truth" about what happened.

It boils down to the difference between being "arrested" and "detained," and we have the police report to tell the story.

On November 4, 1993, Mitchell was in the Mill Avenue joint formerly known as the Balboa Cafe, where police were called to deal with a fight.

There were about 200 people inside the bar, a band was playing on stage, and police decided to take the two fighting men outside to investigate the incident, before a man later identified as Mitchell pulled on the jacket of one of the officers, according to the report.

The report says Mitchell pulled the officer back about two steps, and the officer pushed Mitchell back while Mitchell explained that he wanted to talk to the officer.

Mitchell tried it again, tugging on the sleeve of the officer's jacket, as the officer pushed him back again, and Mitchell explained that he wanted to talk to him.

And one more time, the 24-year-old Mitchell pulled the sleeve of the jacket.

"I advised Mitchell he was under arrest for delaying [and] obstructing a police officer during a police investigation," the officer's report states.

Mitchell was cuffed, and taken to the Tempe jail, where Mitchell voluntarily answered the cop's questions.

"[Mitchell] told me when he observed [the officers] make contact with [the men who were fighting], he thought he could 'make things better' by talking to me,'" the officer wrote in his report. "He stated he didn't want his friends to be arrested so he thought he could 'calm them down.'"

Mitchell apologized to the officer, according to the report -- which states that the case was "cleared by arrest." The ensuing complaint charges that Mitchell violated "municipal code."

The reason Monti brings this up, his campaign says, is in Mitchell's answer to a "candidate questionnaire" from the Arizona Republic published in February.

It reads:

Have you ever been charged with a crime or been part of a matter in civil court? If so, what was the outcome? At age 23, upon my graduation from ASU, I was detained during a nightclub altercation in Tempe. I completed an adult diversion program and no charges were filed.

"That's not exactly how it happened," the Monti campaign says. "Mark Mitchell was arrested and booked into jail accused of 'Delaying and Obstructing a Police Investigation.' There is a big difference between being detained and being arrested."

Yes, Mitchell's father was the mayor of Tempe at the time, which leads the Monti campaign to claim Mitchell was making "attempts at using his influence" with police.

The only reference to Harry Mitchell in the police report is under the "nearest relative name" field, which happens to be the appropriate place for Mark Mitchell to put his father's name. The word "mayor" never shows up in the report.

And out of all the things Monti and his campaign have said thus far about the incident, Mitchell agrees with precisely none of it.

"I fully disclosed this 12 years ago when I first ran for Council and I have disclosed it every election since," Mitchell says through a campaign spokeswoman. "I was detained and completed an adult diversion program and no charges were filed. This is just more lies, negative campaigning and character assassination from Michael Monti. Look at the question, it asks if you were ever charged with a crime. Even though I wasn't, I disclosed. Monti's really hitting the bottom of the barrel on this one."

Monti's campaign insists it's not about Mitchell's actions as a young man on Mill Avenue (where, we'll note, many of the mistakes in Tempe are made), but that it's about Mitchell's actions as an adult -- in how he answered that questionnaire.

It sure is a convenient thing to catch him on, though, huh?

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Fire Sale
Fire Sale

The fact that the New Times had to write a millions words and obfuscate to the point of standing on their heads to explain this away makes me know the story has some merit. Mitchell has been lying about the incident for 12 years and he just got called on it. Man up, Mark. You lied. Come out from behind your daddy's skirt and own this. You weren't "arrested" you were ARRESTED. Be a man! Forget blaming someone else. Talk about the incident, the way you answered the question in the Republic only a few weeks ago and give the details. When you point your chubby little boy finger at others, it's not very manly. Own your arrest. 

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

wow.....hostile? 

Monti, did you think this story was going to take him down? 

Lessthanstable
Lessthanstable

Ya your right, not telling the truth and mis-leading people isn't a big deal. I keep forgetting ethics is old school.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Monti has his own issues with ethics.

Jimbo27
Jimbo27

You have your own issues with wet farts and skid marks in your grandma panties.

Lessthanstable
Lessthanstable

It's not about the degree of crime, it's a the mis-perception and the excepting responsibility for his actions and poor decision making.

Hock
Hock

Monti=weak move.   Fail.

Rob
Rob

I saw this on Sonoran Alliance.  And when you see something on there, you know you're only getting about .00000000000000000000000000000001% of the story and 0% of the facts.  Of course, all the right wing paint chip eaters that frequent the site jumped all over it.

Now that we get someone who actually presents facts rather than wild accusations it makes a difference.  I'd certainly chalk this one up to youthful indiscretion and certainly nothing serious. Lest they are willing to discuss Scott Bundgaards' theft of car stereos from Smitty's that happened in this same time frame?  And, the glowing endorsements he received from newly elected sheriff Joe Arpaio and a then state Senator named Jan Brewer who chalked Bundy's transgressions up to "a foolish mistake he made as a kid, years ago".  On the "crime" scale I'd put trying to pull a friend out of a bar fight on Mill Ave well below the theft of hundreds of $'s in electronics.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

Lessthanstable
Lessthanstable

"I was detained and completed an adult diversion program and no charges were filed.

He was arrested booked, and took a plea. If your not charged, not guilty of a crime.....criminal or civil, your not required to complete a diversion program. The diversion is to make the charge a lessor. The city prosecutors report from the incident should give the details of how the case was adjudicated .

Wanumba
Wanumba

As a matter of law, you are wrong.

An adult diversion program is specifically intended to avoid creating a criminal record.  As a matter of law, there is no conviction, as the charge was diverted out of the criminal system.

As a matter of law, Monti is a lying POS.

Abc
Abc

Thank you Jason Rose.......so reminiscent of Quayle and "The Dirty" campaign tactics. 

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Monti is a prick just like Hallman is.

Jim
Jim

 Your an old ugly wrinkly cunt and that is worse.

Republicouldnt
Republicouldnt

Michael Monti is a real sleaze. 

What's the story here?  Newsflash: Michael Monti trashes Mitchell for something he already disclosed for the last 12 years? 

And doesn't Mitchell have a family and daughters?  Now they can go on the interest and open the paper and see their dad's mug shot?  This has got to stop.

If this is the way Michael Monti plans on becoming Mayor, he isn't worthy of the job.

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