DPS probing fight involving police officers

2012-12-28T00:00:00Z 2012-12-28T11:22:56Z DPS probing fight involving police officersThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 28, 2012 12:00 am  • 

PRESCOTT - State police have taken over an investigation into an alleged Prescott bar assault involving law enforcement officers who belong to a motorcycle club.

Prescott police turned over the investigation of Saturday night's incident involving members of the Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club to the Department of Public Safety once police officers from neighboring Prescott Valley were recognized among the bikers, Lt. Ken Morley said Thursday.

Officers from several agencies across the state who are members of the club also were at the bar and may be investigated, DPS spokesman Bart Graves said.

Both Graves and Morley declined to release additional details of the incident, including any names, citing the ongoing investigation.

"We are very thorough, we will take our time and we will not comment until it is over," Graves said.

The results of the probe will be handed over to Prescott police and the Yavapai County Attorney for review. DPS would coordinate any potential arrests through the county attorney, Graves said.

Prescott police were called to a hospital Saturday night where a 23-year-old Glendale man told them he was punched several times by members of a motorcycle club while at a bar. He was released after treatment.

Police determined the club was the Iron Brotherhood, which bills itself as a club for active and retired law enforcement officers who ride Harley-Davidson or other large American-made motorcycles. The group's website says it has chapters in several states, including Arizona, and requires members to go through a try-out period before becoming full members, much like so-called "outlaw" motorcycle gangs.

The "Arizona Whisky Row" Chapter's Web page shows the club planned a Christmas party Saturday at a location to be determined. Prescott's bar district is also known as Whisky Row. An email was sent through the website seeking comment from members.

Prescott Valley police spokesman Sgt. Brandon Bonney said no officers are on leave.

The other agencies whose officers may be involved were not named by the DPS.

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