Back in February, Mike Koepke, the Vice-President of the Hells Angels Arizona Nomads charter, sent an open letter to the local Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club’s Whiskey Row chapter in Prescott. Koepke’s letter began:
“I am very concerned with the recent events pertaining to the Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Gang. I am very displeased with the ‘bully’ nature of said law enforcement officers. I belong to a real motorcycle club that holds events in Yavapai County periodically. Most notably, the ‘Chino Valley Shootout Boxing Smoker.’”
Koepke went on to invite any member of Whiskey Row chapter to go three rounds in a boxing ring with him on March 31st. Koepke promised to “donate $1,000.00 to a charity of their choosing. If I win, the Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Gang will officially disband in the state of Arizona.”
To no one’s surprise the Iron Brotherhood ignored the challenge although every member of the club knew about it. Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives who were investigating the Whiskey Row chapter knew about it. As it turned out, Koepke didn’t have to thump anybody.
After the results of Arizona DPS were made public late last month, the national Iron Brotherhood website issued the following statement on its front page:
“The Iron Brotherhood Nation is a professional Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, who’s (sic) members are dedicated to our profession and our Brotherhood. The IBMC does not condone or promote any behavior by its members that would reflect negatively on our club or our profession as Law Enforcement Officers. Should members of our club be involved in any incident that would put them in bad standing with their respected Law Enforcement Agency or this club that member will be terminated as a member of this club. While recent reports in the Arizona news media report on a (sic) incident involving members of our club, not all the facts surrounding this incident have been covered by the media. A number of reports from the media include innacurate (sic) information which include information about our members and their reported involvement in this incident. All the while the media failed to report on the background and associations on the other party involved in this incident. The recently released Arizona DPS report covers this information.
“The Whiskey Row Chapter of the Iron Brotherhood Nation from this point on no longer exist. (sic)
“Iron Brotherhood National Board”
The 2196 page DPS report says a Phoenix cop named Eric “Guido” Amato and an Ajo, Arizona paramedic named Greg “Top Gun” Kaufmann assaulted Justin Stafford of Glendale, Arizona at a club party in downtown Prescott last December so presumably Amato and Kaufmann no longer wear a patch. The report also says that former Prescott Valley Police Chief Bill “Tarzan” Fessler and former Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Bill “Mongo” Suttle obstructed justice so presumably they are also out of the club.
The report also said that Yavapai County Sheriff’s Captain Marc “Loki” Schmidt was “deceitful” and that his integrity was questionable. Schmidt told detectives he never saw the fight and doubted that a fight had actually occurred. He also said:
“…we understand that being a club that flies – flies a three piece patch there’s always suspicion of our behavior. And we’ve always talked about that from the time I joined the – initially joined the club. I mean when your – your agency, um, in – in gang classes – our guys go down to gang classes – and we get lumped into, you know, uh, outlaw motorcycle groups. So we understand that and that’s why we try to police up and we try not to cause any problems. Um, so, um, that would surprise me if it happened. And I would say that it’s probably a fabrication. But, um, that’s my opinion. I don’t see anybody doing that that’s in our club.”
It’s anybody’s guess whether Schmidt still flies a patch or not.
The IBMC National Board’s innuendo that “the media failed to report on the background and associations on the other party involved in this incident” apparently refers to an incident in November 2009 when Stafford was cited for underage drinking. At the time he was accompanied by a man named Andrew Goodall who was arrested for having an “improvised explosive device” in his car.
The report does not state whether the “improvised explosive device” was a homemade cherry bomb or a homemade anti-tank mine. The use of the term “improvised explosive device” instead of, say, “homemade bomb” is apparently intended, like virtually every other official police statement, to obfuscate the truth and dramatically equate civilian cops with soldiers in a foreign war.
According to official reports, Fessler was there when Goodall was arrested and Stafford was cited. Although The Aging Rebel has not previously reported this incident it was reported in the Prescott Daily Courier.
And, the following is buried in the very long DPS report.
“Stafford described when he was arrested in 2009 for the alcohol violation. He had just met (Andrew Goodall) that night and used his car to take another person home. Stafford said following the incident he saw (Goodall) one time about a year later but did not keep in touch with him and did not want anything to do with him after that. Stafford said he was out at the scene (of the vehicle with the IED) for approximately ten minutes before he was taken to the PVPD. Stafford said there were “three or four” officers who came into the PVPD to ask him questions; some were in uniform, some were not. Stafford said he did not recognize anyone from the IBMC as having been involved in his arrest in 2009. Stafford said he had never encountered any of the IBMC members before.”