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3/12/2013 7:28:00 PM
Two top sheriff's officers resign
Capt. Marc Schmidt, left, and Sgt. Bill Suttle, right, were reportedly present during the December
Capt. Marc Schmidt, left, and Sgt. Bill Suttle, right, were reportedly present during the December "Iron Brotherhood" bar fight.
By Scott Orr
Contributing Reporter

PRESCOTT - Two high-ranking members of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, both of whom were members of a law enforcement motorcycle club and were reportedly present at a December fight in a Prescott bar, have resigned from the department, a YCSO spokesman confirmed Monday.

Sgt. Bill Suttle, the former Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking unit commander, and Capt. Marc Schmidt, a member of the sheriff's executive staff, resigned Monday, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

D'Evelyn said he could not say why either man resigned. Sheriff Scott Mascher is out of town, he said, and they gave their notice to Chief Deputy John Russell on Monday morning. D'Evelyn said they "submitted applications for voluntary resignations with intent to apply for retirement."

Suttle was placed on paid administrative leave in February while other agencies investigated his role in a Dec. 22 bar fight at Moctezuma's, in which members of the Iron Brotherhood are accused of assaulting a civilian, who was injured in the incident. Suttle was replaced as commander of PANT by YCSO Lt. Dan Raiss.

A Prescott police report said Suttle told investigating officers that Prescott Deputy Police Chief Andy Reinhardt was in the bar at the time, "but I want him left out of this."

"We knew you guys were going to show up," Suttle said, according to the report. "They told me you were coming, so I told Andy to go home."

Suttle also told the man who allegedly began the scuffle to go to the club's hotel. He identified the man only as "Top Gun," the report said, and denied knowing Top Gun's real name.

Schmidt joined YCSO in 1988 as a detentions officer. He was promoted to captain in 2012, had supervised field operations, worked in the forest patrol, and the special weapons and tactical team.

Schmidt is mentioned in the police report as being a member of the Iron Brotherhood, and the officer writing the report said he saw Schmidt briefly at the bar but didn't get a chance to talk with him. It's unclear what, if any, role he may have played in the incident.

Schmidt and Suttle were among the highest-paid personnel at YCSO. Suttle's salary was just under $70,000; Schmidt's was $78,000.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety and Coconino County Sheriff's Office are separately investigating the incident, and D'Evelyn said those reports are not yet completed.

A spokesman for DPS has told The Daily Courier that agency's report may be complete by the end of March.

Taylor Waste
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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: Addendum Correctness

Two corrections -

First, you have the names and photos switched. Marc Schmidt is on the left, Suttles on the right.

Also, as of August 2012, Schmidt was promoted to Lieutenant.

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013
Article comment by: I never thought that police officers would be gang members....

then I found this link listing all the law enforcement only motorcycle "clubs" (a nice word for gangs) Many of these law enforcement gangs use drug culture music on their website, and even list the reason for their club is to "party" as the Iron Cross Brotherhood even does. These people
are not real police officers, they are criminals, thinly disguised as police officers.

Now I know what happened to Officer Friendly that I knew as a child and teenager. He has been replaced by gang members, as evident by the beatings that the police are known for.

Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Article comment by: Rich Hillyer

Our society holds law enforcement personnel to a very high standard. Deservingly so, considering the nature of their difficult job. It's a shame that the members of the Iron Brotherhood choose to emulate the image of an outlaw biker gang. This definately does not speak well for their moral fiber, let alone basic common sense and intelligence.

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Thin Blue Line

There is not a lot of difference between the cop and the criminal. A lot of cops were psycologically damaged as teenagers for being fat and were teased a lot and rarely dated. Some of those same teens became angry, acted out, and became soldiers or criminals. Some to die in war, some to come home with post traumatic stress disorder and some to help fill the prisons.

Some became strong big guys that could kick anyones butt, and they sought out positions of power to assert their new identity and enact revenge on the types of people they feel were like their tormentors when they were in school.

I know this is a generalization, but even if it only represents 1% or 2% of the police across the country that is too much abuse of power !

It is definitely a fact that one or two bad apples can and will spoil the whole basketful.

The fact the Iron brotherhood even exists proves that there is a very THIN BLUE LINE between the cops and the criminals.

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: The video of this fight is on YouTube already

Hope it goes viral. We need police officers that have morals and ethics, and not flash their badges to gain entrance to a bar that refused to let them in because of a ban on wearing colors in the bar.

Please hold all of them on charges of participating in gang. I wonder how many of them are on SWAT teams?

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: The Iron Brotherhood is a NATIONWIDE gang of law enforcement officers!

Here is a link to their website:

Here are some quotes from their website, and there is an active gang in AZ called the "Whiskey Row AZ Chapter."

Into the Iron Brotherhood MC is open to all active and retired male law enforcement officers. This is a male only club. Our club name is Iron Brotherhood not Iron Sisterhood."
"We believe in God, Family, and our Brotherhood."
"We are a Law Enforcement club and will not seek permission from any organization to fly our colors."

Flying colors indicate a gang. And these statements make me fear the police even more....these are not characteristics of a law enforcement officers. Their roster of members needs to be subpoenaed and all members terminated from LE. It is illegal to be in a gang.

Google Iron Brotherhood club for more info...

"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."

Want to see videos of the fight?

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: No Women in Iron Brotherhood

Take a look at the national website for the Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club:

Not only is this a gang of thugs, but they proudly exclude women from membership. This story continues to get more and more disgusting.

From the website: Membership into the Iron Brotherhood MC is open to all active and retired male law enforcement officers. This is a male only club. Our club name is Iron Brotherhood not Iron Sisterhood. To be invited to prospect in our club you must be in good standing with a municipal, county, state, or federal law enforcement agency. You must show proof of employment and own and ride a Harley Davidson or any other American made V-twin motorcycle. The fact that you are a law enforcement officer does not assure you membership in our brotherhood. You must show dedication to the Iron Brotherhood Nation. You must also be sponsored by an existing full patch member. This clubs colors are earned and not bought. We believe in God, Family, and our Brotherhood. We are not interested in being a large club. We value quality over quantity. We only seek quality brothers who share our values and views. If you feel you have what it takes to ride with the brotherhood, or your interested in starting a Iron Brotherhood chapter in your area. Drop us a line via the email link with your name and number and department information. A member of the Iron Brotherhood National Board will get back with you as soon as possible. The Iron Brotherhood is open to all serious inquires into starting a chapter in this brotherhood.

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: Read the police report....I feel even sicker now...

There are at least 20 law enforcement officers who are members of this gang (they include DPS officers and other law enforcement officers) as well as that they call a "club." The articles in the Prescott Courier has more info, including a link to the police report,
indicated three high-ranking law enforcement officers were on the scene at the time. Better yet, do a search using the name "Suttle" on the Prescott Courier and you can gain insight into this gang, including them flying their colors on their vest.

Throw the book at these gang members!!

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: This happened last year and the public is just now being told?

More coverup by everyone involved. If they resigned this past Monday, then they have been tipped off that the investigation results are against them and tried to sneak into retirement.

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: Law enforcement officers are in a gang called Iron Brotherhood????

And Prescott Deputy Police Chief Andy Reinhardt was there with them??? An officer refuses to ID "Top Gun?". Now they have resigned, and want We the People to pay them their retirement????

No wonder we need gang investigation officers. The cops didn't want any competition from other gangs on who was the "Top Gang" so a Gang Unit was formed to keep an eye on the other gangs. They used our tax $$$ to spy and track their competition! And now they want taxpayers to foot the bill for their retirement? If Suttle refuses to ID "Top Gun", then he should be charged with impeding an investigation and stripped of all his retirement.

A full investigation by an outside agency needs to be started ASAP to get to the bottom of who is in this gang, and they need to be prosecuted for being gang members. Sounds like this gang had ties to top level law enforcement officers from other police dept., including Prescott.
Sheriff Scott Mascher needs to get back to Yavapai County and do what we pay him to do: run the sheriff's dept. and keep an eye on his deputies.

Has a Grand Jury investigation been convened to look into this? How badly injured is the person that was assaulted? Yep, and We the People will probably have to pay out a million dollar settlement to the injured man.

Makes me sick....

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

So there REALLY are gangs in Cottonwood!

Of COURSE and it's the COPS!


NOW it all makes SENSE!

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: the owl the owl

Hopefully Clarkdale won't hire these two officers to the position proposed in monitoring the one suspected biker gang member.

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: Rich Hillyer

Couple of real tough biker dudes, huh. Jerks like that give everyone that rides a bad name. Good riddance.

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

Any public official who knew of the "Iron brotherhood" and didn't speak out against them is exactly what they appear to be. When that bar brawl happened on Dec. 22 their hoods came off.

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Article comment by: citizen not Subject

Just a question but if an officer resigns everything is usually dropped with no more investigation allowing them to be employed by another department or another agency with nothing on their record. This has been used for years throughout agencies to keep the same bad apples around. Just like transferring a manager to a different property or moving a priest to a different parish.
Not my idea of law enforcement or justice at all.

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