Iron Brotherhood fight footage: Video shows off-duty police officers brawling with bar customers, employees
The Dec. 22, 2012, fight between a member of the Iron Brotherhood police motorcycle club and a Moctezuma's Bar patron was captured on the bar's surveillance footage, which the Daily Courier obtained Wednesday.
The video shows an Iron Brotherhood member punching Justin Stafford, 23, at Moctezuma's in Prescott, and other off-duty police officers in black biker vests fighting people or trying to pull them away.
The incident begins when Stafford is seen talking to an Iron Brotherhood member. Stafford backs up, then another Iron Brotherhood member grabs Stafford near the neck and pushes him toward the bar, where another Iron Brotherhood member punches Stafford.
Bar employees are seen trying to break up the fight, but two more Iron Brotherhood members swing at them, while a woman tries to pull an off-duty police officer away from the fight.
Stafford then falls and bar security guards pick him up while blocking Iron Brotherhood members from approaching him as they take Stafford outside.
A bar security employee said an Iron Brotherhood member in a baseball cap pulled away from him, tried to punch him but missed, then reached for something under his vest, according to the police report.
Bar employees said they confiscated two knives that fell to the ground during the fight. An Iron Brotherhood member asked for and took one knife after the club members were told to leave.
A bartender said Moctezuma's policy prohibits knives and other weapons.
When asked if they recognized their employees in the video, City of Prescott Public Affairs Manager Mel Preston, Prescott Valley Town Manager Larry Tarkowski, and Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher said they would not comment until the DPS investigation is complete.
According to Prescott Police policy, officers involved in a fight not classified as a crime face consequences ranging from counseling by a supervisor to a 10-day suspension for conduct unbecoming an officer, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said. For a misdemeanor fight, sanctions range from counseling by a supervisor to dismissal for a first offense. For a felony fight, repercussions range from a written reprimand to dismissal.