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Report on Prescott bar fight alleges cover-up

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. -

An Arizona police chief and sheriff's sergeant have left their jobs, and now they could be facing criminal charges. They and others are accused of covering up a bar fight on Whiskey Row in Prescott where members of a law enforcement motorcycle club allegedly assaulted a patron at a Prescott bar in December.

The law enforcement motorcycle club was holding a Christmas party at another bar the night the fight broke out.

Witnesses have said the group was acting like an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Now the Maricopa County Attorney's Office is reviewing the Department of Public Safety report to see if criminal charges will be filed.

Surveillance video shows a fight between a law enforcement motorcycle group and a patron at a bar on Prescott's Whiskey Row in December.

Now an investigative report from the Arizona Department of Public Safety reportedly accuses Prescott Valley Police Chief Bill Fessler and Yavapai County Sheriff Sergeant Bill Suttle of obstructing the investigation and lying about the involvement of the motorcycle club in the fight.

The alleged victim said he approached Chief Fessler at Moctezuma's Bar, asking about the patches on his jacket, when someone from the motorcycle group punched him.

Because public officials are involved, the case has been handed over to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to decide if formal charges will be filed.

"Well we're currently reviewing the submittal from DPS and we'll make a charging decision once we feel we have all the information we need to make that decision," said Jerry Cobb, MCAO spokesperson.

A Phoenix Police officer and a supervisor with an Ajo ambulance company are reportedly accused of assault.

The report also recommends a charge of disorderly conduct against an alleged victim.

An internal report from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office questions a sergeant and captains' integrity, saying they were "deceitful" during the investigation and their "allegiance and loyalties are first to the club and not their positions as law enforcement officers."

The Yavapai County sheriff, who was not involved in the scuffle, apologized, saying, "I know the badge has been tarnished, and we will work relentlessly to regain the community's full trust and confidence."

The county attorney's office says if warranted, charges could be filed within 30 days.

"People of Arizona can have confidence that we will treat this with the required attention and seriousness it deserves."

We asked the Phoenix Police department about the alleged involvement of one of their officers. A spokesperson says the incident is under investigation and is not commenting on his status.

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