Joe Arpaio’s Victim Marty Atencio Killed by ‘Law Enforcement Subdual,’ Among Other Factors, Says Medical Examiner
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The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office has issued a determination as to the cause of death for Marty Atencio, the Army vet brutally beaten and Tased in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s infamous Fourth Avenue Jail on December 15, then shipped off brain dead to Saint Joseph’s Hospital, where his family ultimately removed him from life support.
The terse statement reads, in part:
“The cause of death has been determined to be COMPLICATIONS OF CARDIAC ARREST IN THE SETTING OF DUE TO ACUTE PSYCHOSIS, LAW ENFORCEMENT SUBDUAL, AND DUE TO MULTIPLE MEDICAL PROBLEMS. and the manner of death is UNDETERMINED.”
The quote above is as it appears in the MEO’s one page letter, which you can review, here.
Told that he was being placed under arrest, Atencio did not resist, according to the report, which states, “He just asked that someone hold his phone that was still in his hand.”
Eventually, Atencio was taken to the MCSO’s Fourth Avenue Jail, where video shows him being non-violent and generally passive.
Nevertheless, he was jumped by eight or nine uniformed personnel, including Phoenix police, MCSO deputies and detention personnel, with more joining in.
After being Tased multiple times, Atencio was taken to an ironically-named “safe cell” where he was stripped and left naked and motionless.
Marty Atencio likely breathed his last breath on his own in that cell. Uniformed personnel later returned to perform CPR, and Atencio was shipped off to Saint Joseph’s Hospital, where he was kept alive on life support for a few days longer.
When life support was removed, Atencio died on December 20.
On January 4, he was laid to rest with full military honors at National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.
Marty Atencio, a victim of “law enforcement subdual”