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Trial coming for man arrested during Tour of the Gila

There are 13 comments on the Silver City Sun-News story from Aug 12, 2010, titled Trial coming for man arrested during Tour of the Gila. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

An Arenas Valley man is set to go to trial in the next couple of months on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer following an incident that occurred during the Tour of Gila.

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Ron

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Aug 13, 2010
Fortenberry and his wife are regulars at Isaac's. Talk about a couple of drunks.
boombastic

Aurora, CO

#2 Aug 13, 2010
Not only are they a couple of drunks, but so is their daughter Tracy!
AM Coffee

Rio Rancho, NM

#3 Aug 13, 2010
I saw this after the fact, that is, after Robin Brookes had been arrested and was on the sidewalk in handcuffs waiting to be removed. There was no doubt she was drunk, though to her credit she was trying to act as cooperatively possible under the circumstances. Had she not been laying on the sidewalk it’s questionable she could have actually stood on her own though. There were also several cops around, who it seemed to me at that point, were trying to keep the situation calm and under control. Meanwhile however, Kenneth Brookes was in a complete rage. Although standing, he seemed unsteady and also drunk while yelling at the police and arguing with them about his wife having been arrested. My impression at the time was that no matter what the circumstances his behavior was totally inappropriate, disrespectful, and he was doing nothing that could possibly help his wife or the situation. I heard the cops explain what was happening with his wife and they told him to calm down and back away. He did neither. This guy was in a tirade, he kept it up and was just in their face. At the point I watched this I was surprised he wasn’t in handcuffs too, which evidently happened after I walked off. Whatever Robin did to end up arrested I didn’t see, but her husband’s contribution afterward apparently forced the cops to dig in their heels and ultimately resulted in him being arrested too. To whatever extent the cops over reacted neither of these two were without fault, in any case they were drunk and Kenneth was drunk and disorderly. That part I did see. I have no stake in this, I don’t know either of these people, I have no ax to grind with either them or the police, this is just what I saw...
just saying

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Aug 13, 2010
AM Coffee wrote:
I saw this after the fact, that is, after Robin Brookes had been arrested and was on the sidewalk in handcuffs waiting to be removed. There was no doubt she was drunk, though to her credit she was trying to act as cooperatively possible under the circumstances. Had she not been laying on the sidewalk it’s questionable she could have actually stood on her own though. There were also several cops around, who it seemed to me at that point, were trying to keep the situation calm and under control. Meanwhile however, Kenneth Brookes was in a complete rage. Although standing, he seemed unsteady and also drunk while yelling at the police and arguing with them about his wife having been arrested. My impression at the time was that no matter what the circumstances his behavior was totally inappropriate, disrespectful, and he was doing nothing that could possibly help his wife or the situation. I heard the cops explain what was happening with his wife and they told him to calm down and back away. He did neither. This guy was in a tirade, he kept it up and was just in their face. At the point I watched this I was surprised he wasn’t in handcuffs too, which evidently happened after I walked off. Whatever Robin did to end up arrested I didn’t see, but her husband’s contribution afterward apparently forced the cops to dig in their heels and ultimately resulted in him being arrested too. To whatever extent the cops over reacted neither of these two were without fault, in any case they were drunk and Kenneth was drunk and disorderly. That part I did see. I have no stake in this, I don’t know either of these people, I have no ax to grind with either them or the police, this is just what I saw...
How nice to hear the other side of the story. Obviously, the cops were simply doing their job under very distressing circumstances.

I don't know the couple who was arrested, but I do know Greg and Mary Ann, and the owners of Isaac's. They are all good friends with each other, and I suspect the other couple is also part of their social crowd. I wonder if they might just be trying to cover for the Brooks'? And, the owners of Isaac's certainly DO NOT want to be accused of over-selling alcoholic products to their patrons!

This incident will get a good airing once it goes to court. I'm anxious to see the outcome.
yea right

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Aug 13, 2010
ARRESTING IS ONE THING , EXSESSIVE FORCE IS ANOTHER!! DID YOU SEE HER FACE ONCE THE SHERIFF DEPUTY BEAT HER UP!! I DID IT WAS SAD.
just saying

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Aug 13, 2010
yea right wrote:
ARRESTING IS ONE THING , EXSESSIVE FORCE IS ANOTHER!! DID YOU SEE HER FACE ONCE THE SHERIFF DEPUTY BEAT HER UP!! I DID IT WAS SAD.
Had she not resisted perhaps her face would not have gotten scratched and scraped. Come on, do you honestly believe the cops would "beat her up" in front of dozens of witnesses?
elkstine

Silver City, NM

#7 Aug 13, 2010
BS, now it's the cops word against the owners of Isics and several others who watched the ordeal. if these two were drunk were they given a blood test? If not then no-one can prove they were intoxicated. It would be hearsay in court. The cops are out of control. If this guy was behind the barrier what reason did the cop have to tell the guy to move back? Just how far do you have to be behind the barrier? If they arrested the guy, why wasn't he in handcuffs before they arrested his wife? This tells me AM coffee is full of crap as is Fortenberry. They all lie for each other. Hope the Cities Insurance is paid up cuse this lady is going to put somke dollars in the bank.
elkstine

Silver City, NM

#8 Aug 13, 2010
Just saying
The cops beat the hell out of Rodney King knowing full well they were being taped and live on tv. Did it stop them? Hell no. They think they are above everyone else. We need the Atty General of NM to come down here and clean house. You see more cops here in Silver City then anywhere else in this country. They are out of control.
SilverSally

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Aug 13, 2010
Let us not make light of the fact that this couple was served alcohol to the point of intoxication. Fortenberry and wife are old town drunks. Old news.
Cerce

United States

#10 Aug 13, 2010
just saying wrote:
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Had she not resisted perhaps her face would not have gotten scratched and scraped. Come on, do you honestly believe the cops would "beat her up" in front of dozens of witnesses?
Yes. About a dozen years ago my sister was coming out of Jalisco Cafe after lunch and saw a SCPD cop body slam a woman who was running down the street. I do not know what it was about but she was not arrested. My sister ran over to see what was going on. The woman was crying and the cop was kneeling on her back. Another cop went over to where she was laying on the sidewalk and they let her go. We never found out why this happened. I wish someone who reads this remembers that incident. It did not make the paper because we looked for the article to come out for a few days. Yes I do believe the SCPD would beat a person up in front of witnesses. I think the witnesses would be getting tickets and harrassed forever if they said anything.
Cerce

United States

#11 Aug 13, 2010
just saying wrote:
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Had she not resisted perhaps her face would not have gotten scratched and scraped. Come on, do you honestly believe the cops would "beat her up" in front of dozens of witnesses?
There will always be sycophants who will suck-up to cops no matter what they do.
HEAVEN

Rio Rancho, NM

#12 Aug 13, 2010
just saying wrote:
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Had she not resisted perhaps her face would not have gotten scratched and scraped. Come on, do you honestly believe the cops would "beat her up" in front of dozens of witnesses?
If she would kicked him, she could have used "LOLA'S" Attourney.
AM Coffee

Rio Rancho, NM

#13 Aug 14, 2010
Elkstine, your critique doesn't seem very thoughtful. For one thing you evidently missed the part where I said I have no stake in this. I don't know these people and they don't know me. I have no ax to grind with them nor with the cops, who also don't know me. If I had some reason to lie about any of it I’d have done a far more embellished job of it. I saw what I saw and I said what I saw. Had I seen any more I'd have said more. As for your questions, I have no idea if they were given a blood test, or for that matter if one was warranted, they weren't driving. And if their actions, gait, stance, slurred words, and unsure balance wasn't enough to substantiate their intoxication perhaps they had a detectable aroma about them that would have done the trick. I really don’t know. As for their conduct being disorderly, I don't think there's much room for hearsay on that score. At least from what I saw of Kenneth Brookes there was nothing orderly about his conduct. When four cops are telling you to calm down and back off and instead you stand there berating them and provoking an altercation what sort of conduct do you call that? Orderly? Helpful? Mannerly? Courteous? Decent? I don't call it any of those, I call it disrespectful, arrogant, and seriously unintelligent. If Mr. Brookes had just kept quiet in all likelihood this whole thing would have fizzled out and we'd have never even known about it. But, while I'm thinking about it again, now that you brought it up, during the time I was there I saw nothing about the cops behavior to suggest they were out of control. To me they looked energized, nervous, some of them were upset, as if having just emerged from a stressful situation. They seemed unhappy, as if they had just lost something important. I don't know a better way to describe that, and I have no idea what brought them to that state, it's just the feeling that seemed captured in their faces. But I saw nothing, at least while I was there, to suggest aggression, disrespect, or loss of control. Nor can I speak to any other situation at any other time involving any other people or any other cops. And for that matter, nor can I say if any part of this resembled the “Rodney King” incident, only that I didn't see anything that looked that way. So, I don't know why you think I'm lying about any of this when in fact I'm telling the truth as plainly as I can recall it. In any case I should point out, I was there and this is what I saw. If you were there what did you see? If you weren’t there, what are you relying on to question my honesty or accuracy?

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