Off-Duty Cops at Prescott Bar Mistaken for Motorcycle Gang by Glendale Assault Victim

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Motorcycle club -- or a group of violent, off-duty police officers? Sometimes, it's hard to tell the difference.

A group of off-duty cops at a Prescott bar were mistaken for violent motorcycle gang members by a Glendale man who says he was assaulted by them.

Prescott police talked to the 23-year-old victim at about 11 p.m. on Saturday night while he was being treated at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center's west campus, says a Prescott PD news release.

The victim told the officer he was at a downtown Prescott bar and believed he'd been punched repeatedly by several "members of a motorcycle club." His face took the brunt of the beating, but he was released from the hospital apparently without serious injuries.

When police started checking up on the situation, they soon learned the alleged group of thugs were actually off-duty police officers.

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"A preliminary investigation revealed that the individuals involved in this incident were off-duty law enforcement officers from throughout the state," the news release says. "Prescott police officers on-scene collected evidence from the location of the reported assault and statements from witnesses."

Prescott Police Chief Mike Kabbel has asked the state Department of Public Safety to conduct an independent criminal investigation of the incident.

The Prescott Daily Courier, which broke the story last night, quotes a DPS spokeswoman saying that "members of the Prescott Valley Police Department" were implicated.

Commander Art Askew of the Prescott Valley Police Department tells New Times this morning that while it's true that officers from his agency were at the bar, "this was not solely a Prescott Valley police" incident.

We ask Askew if he was involved -- he says he wasn't, and therefore has no firsthand info about the situation.

His agency has no further comment, he says.

It'll take DPS at least a few weeks to do this investigation, we figure. Meantime, we'll have to guess which other agencies were involved. Which local police agency employs people most likely to be mistaken for a motorcycle gang?

Our first guess: At least one deputy from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.


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comrade
comrade

Probably was a MCSO offficer who started the beating, since that's the norm at work. That's how they spread their garbage, learned from the Master, the old Shurf.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

At least the Prescott P.D. chief was wise enough to have DPS conduct the criminal investigation. Unlike Joe Paul Babeu failed to do during the infamous Louie Puroll debacle in the Vekol Valley. Of course, that may have resulted in bad press for Joe Paul.

Alcohol, guns & motorcycles. Not always a winning combination.

I am anticipating that some career paths will have been changed by the time this is all over.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

No doubt members of the Flaccid Failure's hoodlums in his "posse" crew were involved. Besides, they're already thugs and law breakers, according to KPHO's Investigative Reports. When the DPS investigation is complete. Some of them in the "posse" will have a long rap sheet. And that's on the FF's wrinkly hands.

marcy
marcy

Cops, for the most part, are barely civilized thugs.

Critical
Critical

Finally some honest journalism.  Yes, law enforcement officers are thugs- the worst gang in existence.  Police officers evolved from slave patrols and are 5 times more likely to kill us than be killed, yet they want to take our guns away.  We need to go back to public hangings and eliminate this garbage hiding behind a badge and a gun.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Tommy_Collins  sadly Tommy, i see it all being swept away quietly. i just see it all being ruled as the victims fault and all involved being absolved of guilt. thats the Az way

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Lone_Wolf  a lot of the Posse members already have rap sheets. they did an investigation before on it

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@Lone_Wolf Be gentle. Now that the birther investigation has choked on itself the posse has little to do, other than the cold cases they were supposed to be doing all along, of course. So, I suppose it's possible hanging with the real cops in Prescott might not be a bad idea. I think Mr. Stern was being speculative about at least one MCSO person being involved. Probably not a bad guess...

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@Critical If you ever have need for a police officer to help you; simply dial your minister, instead. That way you won't have to be faced with one of those thugs and you might pray your troubles away. Just a suggestion.

Cozz
Cozz

@danzigsdaddy @Tommy_Collins  

I'll be surprised if the victim doesn't get charged for assault when the investigation is done, that's the Arizona way. 

If it was MCSO doing the investigation, that would happen for sure, as I know from past experience.

Critical
Critical

@Tommy_Collins Thank you for your concern.  No worries, pigs are glorified report takers in order for people to get their insurance companies to pay out on claims.  Ministers?  Yeah, they gave slaves religion to "behave" too and when that didn't work the kkk err police man in white sheets would handle 'em.  Ignorant much?

Cozz
Cozz

@danzigsdaddy  

Yup, they have become nothing more than professional liars.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Cozz  its his word against the cops, which is bad enough in a singular context, but when saying cops as in plural.......he'll never win his case, even if he had video proof. even if they are found guilty, nothing will happen

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