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5/21/2013 1:24:00 PM
Internal investigations continue into Iron Brotherhood
By Lisa Irish
Contributing Reporter

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Internal investigations continue into Prescott Valley, DPS and Phoenix Police officer's conduct during the Iron Brotherhood incident and subsequent investigations, while Prescott Police say they are not conducting an internal investigation.

Prescott Valley Town Manager Larry Tarkowski said Tuesday that the "Coconino County Sheriff's Office has been asked to be involved and the review is in process" of Prescott Valley Police Cpl. Jason Kaufman and Cpl. Tyran Payne's conduct during the incident and investigations.

There will be no internal investigations by Prescott Police into any employees in the Iron Brotherhood incident, Prescott Police Chief Jerald Monahan said.

"No member of the Prescott Police Department was involved in misconduct," Monahan said.

When asked about the DPS report, Monahan said "I'm glad to see the report's out, but the report speaks for itself. I think they support what has been Prescott PD's position all along."

According to the DPS report released April 25, Prescott Police Deputy Chief Andy Reinhardt was not at Moctezuma's when Iron Brotherhood members allegedly punched Justin Stafford, breaking his nose, after he approached former Prescott Valley Police Chief Bill Fessler.

Reinhardt told DPS investigators that he didn't learn about the fight until the next morning at breakfast when he overheard Bryce Bigelow and Eric Amato talking about it at a table near his. Former Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Bill Suttle and Troy Teske, another Iron Brotherhood member, were there later as well, Reinhardt told investigators.

Reinhardt told DPS investigators that he resigned from the Iron Brotherhood the day the unredacted Prescott Police report into the incident went public.

"The DPS investigation covered any and all matters pertaining to Deputy Chief Reinhardt," Monahan said on Tuesday. "I have accepted their findings. No further investigation is necessary."

On Tuesday, DPS spokesman Bart Graves said their internal investigation was not yet complete into the actions of DPS Officer Bryce Bigelow during the incident and investigations.

Phoenix Police Spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said Tuesday that their internal investigation into Phoenix Police Officer Eric Amato's role in the incident "will not be completed until the criminal case is complete."

Ajo Ambulance was called and emailed on Tuesday to find out if there was any internal investigation of Gregory Kaufmann, an Ajo Ambulance paramedic who, according to the DPS report, threw punches during the incident. They did not respond.

Arizona Police Officers Standards and Training Executive Director Lyle Mann said they are awaiting the results of all the internal investigations before taking any action.

"Those people who have retired, we still have jurisdiction over their certification, but it doesn't impact their retirement at this point at all," Mann said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Ill drink to that.

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: not a wannabee

If you want to be and act like a biker gang you should not have the protection and power of a law enforcement officer!
Just imagine how regular citizens feel when they find out that the guys who are intimidating and harassing them are not just bikers but cops who can make the rest of their life hell with impunity if they stand up to them.
And please don't tell me that would not happen. We are talking about real life here with real egos and do you know a police officer who doesn't have a rather large ego and a high opinion of themselves and is not used to being obeyed by us the people.
For my part if you want to act like a biker quit and be a real biker not a cop protected by other cops with knowledge of how to use the system against normal folks.

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