Prescott Valley Police Chief Bill Fessler Denies Bar-Fight Allegations, But Resigns From Motorcycle Club

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Image: Courtesy photo given to Prescott Valley Tribune
Prescott Valley Police Chief Bill Fessler says he was at Prescott bar on December 22 with other motorcycle club members, but denies involvement in a fight.

Prescott Valley Police Chief Bill Fessler released a statement over the weekend to quell rumors that he was involved in a December 22 Prescott bar fight in which a Glendale man was injured.

The incident came to light after the 23-year-old victim showed up at a hospital with facial injuries, saying he'd been attacked by members of a motorcycle club.

When Prescott police started to investigate, they quickly learned it was a law-enforcement club, and that the alleged attackers were off-duty police officers. The probe was turned over to the state Department of Public Safety to avoid an appearance of a conflict of interest; Prescott Valley is a small town just east of Prescott.

Fessler admits to being at the bar at the time, and also to being a former motorcycle club member, but says that rumors that high-ranking Prescott Valley officers were involved in the "altercation" will be proven to the contrary. He says he has resigned his membership in the club, reportedly the Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club.

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

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This ain't your your grandpappy's law-enforcement motorcycle club.

Fessler released a two-page letter to the media in which he whines repeatedly about his name and that of other officers being tarnished in the press. Yet Fessler's complaints are tardy -- this is the first statement he's made about the incident. New Times, for instance, called him last week for comment, but received no reply.

The chief writes that his "biggest disappointment" is that the hard work of the Prescott Valley PD employees is being "disregarded and shadowed" by media reports.

He also implies that the off-duty cops in the motorcycle club had hotel rooms and designated drivers as a safety precaution for the bikers' boozing on Whiskey Row. Click here for the letter, in MS Word 2010 format.

The Glendale was treated and release without any serious injuries after the fight, but Fessler's right for thinking this incident -- as reported so far -- sheds a bad light on his department, and has raised awareness of law-enforcement biker clubs, but not in a good way. The Arizona members accused of being in the bar fight are part of the Whiskey Row chapter, says the Prescott Daily Courier.

Iron Brotherhood's national Web site revs up computer users with a crunchy Slipknot song to get them in a bad-boy mood. On the site, you'll learn that members of the club, made up of cops, "respect all clubs and the colors they wear." But the web author denies the club members associate with "1%er" clubs, a.k.a., "outlaw" clubs.

The Glendale victim, while being punched in the face by people who were dressed as bikers, apparently didn't know about the Iron Brotherhood's code of ethics.

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ZonkaBars
ZonkaBars

@ZonkaBars @stonerfam @MMJmedia cops involved in this gang fight are same cops who raided Zonka cuz I'm n a club too!! Lil crooked town

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Mr. Stern, I'll help you a little with your reporting.  Here is a web site listing all AMA sanctioned motorcycle clubs in Arizona.  You will notice that Iron Brotherhood is not listed.  When one refers to "Outlaw" motorcycle clubs, one refers to those not sanctioned by the AMA.  Now if you're talking about Outlaw motorcycle clubs which engage in organized criminal activity, you're talking about a Motorcycle Gang (e.g., The Hells Angels, Vagos, Mongols, etc.).  Please get your terms correct cause you're misleading the public and your article makes little sense.


http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/clubsandpromoters/ClubSearch.aspx?state=AZ&type=CHARTERREC

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

You mean that the Iron Brotherhood is sanctioned by the American Motorcycle Association?  That's the difference between a "REAL" motorycycle club and an "OUTLAW" one.  Of course with Most of Mr. Stern's article he usually gets some key fact wrong - yup - Iron Brotherhood is NOT sanctioned by the AMA and is therefore actually an OUTLAW motorcycle club - just like the ones they don't associate with huh Ray?

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

Odd that the chief would be hanging with the boys, drinking adult libations and such. Most chief's know it's not a good thing. I suppose Mr. Fessler has realized that by now.

marcy
marcy

I once met an honest cop.  

Once.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

so he was there but didnt report it? what other crimes occur under his watchful eye that he neglects to report simply because they involve other cops? and this guy is supposed to be a leader?

comrade
comrade

What a cesspool, but after all, this is Arizona where law enforcement is made a mockery of.

Wally
Wally

Police chief in motorcycle club! ....formerly member of motorcycle club.

vigvamvoo
vigvamvoo

Gotta love those corrupt cops, cops investing cops, How do you think the investigation will turn out? lol. What a joke.


www.ItsAnon.tk

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@marcy  in Arizona????? if you say it was in maricopa county, im gonna have to doubt you

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