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Family Says 911 Tape Caught Cops Planning Cover-Up After Shooting
Courthouse News Service ^ | 23 September 2009 | Jamie Ross

Posted on 10/04/2009 3:55:15 PM PDT by Marechal

PHOENIX (CN) - A homeowner says a Phoenix police officer shot him six times in the back during a 911 home-invasion call, and the 911 tape recorded the officer's partner saying, "That's all right. Don't worry about it. I got your back. ... We clear?" The family says the officers were not aware that the 911 call was still recording as they spoke about covering up the shooting. In their complaint in Maricopa County Court, Anthony and Lesley Arambula say an armed intruder "crashed through the front window" of their home on Sept. 17, 2008 and ran into one of their son's bedrooms. Anthony, worried about his son who was still in his bedroom, says he "held the intruder calmly at gunpoint" and called 911. Phoenix Police officers already in the neighborhood heard the crash of the Arambulas' window. When they approached the house, Lesley says, she told Sgt. Sean Coutts that her husband was inside holding the intruder at gunpoint. Lesley says Coutts failed to pass on that information to the two other officers. Inside the house, the Arambulas say, Officer Brian Lilly shot Anthony six times in the back while he was still on the phone with the 911 operator - twice when he was on the ground. The officers ran into the bedroom after Anthony told them, "You just killed ... you just killed the homeowner. The bad guy is in there." The complaint states that Officer Lilly "admitted that it was only after Tony was laying, bullet-ridden, on the ground that he assessed the situation. The 911 tape continued to record what happened even after Officer Lilly unloaded his weapon into Tony, including Officer Lilly's post-shooting, one-word 'assessment': 'Fuck.' "Tony believed he was going to die; the 911 tape records his plaintive goodbye to his family: '... I love you ... I love you.' Then Tony made what he believed was a dying request to the officers; he did not want his young family to see him shot and bloodied. Officers callously ignored his request and painfully dragged Tony by his injured leg, through the home and out to his backyard patio, where they left him bloodied and shot right in front of Lesley, Matthew and Zachary." The Arambulas say the officers later dragged Anthony onto gravel, then put him on top of the hot hood of a squad car, and "drove the squad car down the street with Tony lying on top, writing in pain." According to the complaint, Lilly can be heard on the 911 tape telling Coutts, "We fucked up."

The Arambulas seek punitive damages for gross negligence, civil rights violations, failure to supervise, excessive force, deliberate indifference to medical needs, false arrest, and emotional distress. They are represented by Michael Manning with son Morrison Hecker.


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Do you really want to make that 911 call after all? I support law and order, but something is going to have to be done about situations such as these.
1 posted on 10/04/2009 3:55:16 PM PDT by Marechal
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To: Marechal

Wow. Phoenix must be quite a place.


2 posted on 10/04/2009 3:58:29 PM PDT by Mrs. P ("Wonder Woman wears Sarah Palin pajamas." - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: Marechal

Speechless....


3 posted on 10/04/2009 4:00:23 PM PDT by freebilly (No wonder the left has a boner for Obama. There's CIALIS in soCIALISt....)
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To: Marechal
The Arambulas seek punitive damages for gross negligence, civil rights violations, failure to supervise, excessive force, deliberate indifference to medical needs, false arrest, and emotional distress.

This is worth several million dollars at least....

4 posted on 10/04/2009 4:01:54 PM PDT by freebilly (No wonder the left has a boner for Obama. There's CIALIS in soCIALISt....)
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To: Marechal

Police more and more act as if their union contract specifies that if they go on a call they get to shoot someone. Everyone who legally can should own a couple of dogs so that the police can have them to shoot when they come to your door for some reason.


5 posted on 10/04/2009 4:03:24 PM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: Marechal

Poor training, poor discipline, bad leadership, inevitable result. Too many cops out there need to quit watching DVD’s and start learning how to behave in a professional and lawful manner. This sounds like a criminal indictment is in order.


6 posted on 10/04/2009 4:03:55 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Marechal
“but something is going to have to be done about situations such as these.”

Nothing will be done nor can it e. Just a few months or weeks ago a police officer ran into the back of a car and then called for back up. He left his camera on and his recorder so it was known that they were going to say the female driver was the cause and was DUI when in face she was not and was run over by the police officer. Never did anything about it so one must understand that there is no way that they can or will be held accountable for violation of the law.

7 posted on 10/04/2009 4:04:09 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT (I will always be a Soldier)
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To: Marechal

there is always two sides to every story


8 posted on 10/04/2009 4:05:07 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: freebilly

The thugs are in Jail for Attempted Murder right?? and Conspiracy, Felony Obstruction, using a firearm during the commission of a Felony, The mere fact that they tried to cover it up and were recorded doing just that, should make them eligible for the DEATH PENALTY. That is if we truly had a Justice System instead of a Legal one.


9 posted on 10/04/2009 4:05:41 PM PDT by eyeamok
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To: Mrs. P

Around here I pretty sure it’s illegal to drive through town with something you shot on the hood of your squadcar.


10 posted on 10/04/2009 4:06:02 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: Marechal
Tony lying on top, writing in pain."

Anybody shoots me six times I doubt I'd be writing.

11 posted on 10/04/2009 4:07:14 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Marechal

The Arambulas say the officers later dragged Anthony onto gravel, then put him on top of the hot hood of a squad car, and “drove the squad car down the street with Tony lying on top, writing in pain.”

They put a guy who had been shot six times on the hood of a car and then drove down the street?????


12 posted on 10/04/2009 4:11:53 PM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: Marechal

So, what happened to the intruder?


13 posted on 10/04/2009 4:12:55 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( If you have kids, you have no right of privacy that the govt can't flick off your shoulder.)
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To: Marechal

These clowns for cops were simply covering their ass and trying to get the homeowner ‘bleed-out’. This is a well known term in LE circles.


14 posted on 10/04/2009 4:12:57 PM PDT by Your6
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To: eyeamok

This is my thinking. Police, when caught in the commission of a felony crime and/or when caught actively attempting to cover up the evidence, should be immediately jailed, tried, convicted, and hung by the neck until dead in the public square. They have a sacred trust to protect the citizenry; when they egregiously violate it, they should pay with their lives.

To those who would say I’m anti-police, I also support entering the inner cities and rounding up/executing all gang members, drug dealers, and other repeat offenders. This would hopefully reduce the burden and stress on police to often enforce the unenforceable.


15 posted on 10/04/2009 4:15:54 PM PDT by Marechal
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To: Smokeyblue
They put a guy who had been shot six times on the hood of a car and then drove down the street?????

Well sure, you don't want to get blood all over the inside of your squad car do you? I mean come on. /s
16 posted on 10/04/2009 4:18:08 PM PDT by TruthBeforeAll (The Top 10 Most Murderous Cities in the US (per capita) Are All Run By Dem Mayors - 2005 Report)
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To: Marechal

Well, in a situation where there is a felony crime, jailed like an ordinary citizen, bond set as appropriate, and so on.

It will be quite interesting to see how this plays out. I can’t believe they put him on the hood but if they did, then they attempted to kill the guy to cover up their mess.


17 posted on 10/04/2009 4:22:26 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Marechal

Can’t wait until the Jackboot Lickers arrive to explain that everything the police “officers” did here was perfectly okay.


18 posted on 10/04/2009 4:23:09 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: Mrs. P

1. It’s not just phoenix.
2. Empowering funding and arming the government is a big mistake.
3. We have an institutional problem with Police in this country, the way they are trained and the culture of us vs them.
4. Government is the problem, not the solution..

Solution: De-fund the government, city, county, federal. Good things will happen.


19 posted on 10/04/2009 4:24:25 PM PDT by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: Marechal
Oh come on, you can't honestly expect to hold these “professionals” to the same standards you would civilians.

I mean these are the men who have the training and they face things very day that you and I just couldn't even begin to understand.

And since no officer has said it actually happened that way, you can't believe it actually happened that way, even if the 911 tapes corroborates the lies told by the family just so they can get a big payday, don't we owe these heroes, nay, SUPERHEROES one or two, or three, maybe four unjustified shootings?

Possibly five, I mean, man these guys are the only thing between you and the ravening hordes who will come into your home and shoot you in the back multiple times before dragging you out by your leg in front of your family while you are laying there bleeding to death.

Give a cop a break man.

20 posted on 10/04/2009 4:33:07 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

That’s a great reply because the first thing the law and order conservative does is use fear to justify the necessity of having an armed and aggressive government presence. I say de-fund them and I have people tell me that our society will de generate into Somalia. So fear is the driving factor behind an aggressive and omnipresent police force. A police force that despises everyone who isn’t... Police.


21 posted on 10/04/2009 4:38:56 PM PDT by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: Your6

You shot him by accident, OK, it’s an accident. But such an intentional effort to ensure he dies may qualify as murder, if not manslaughter. If they’d called an ambulance after the mistake of shooting the wrong guy, it’s a minor lawsuit. Intentionally trying to kill him so there are fewer witnesses to a cover up, that’s evil.
These cops should spend the rest of their lives in jail, if not be executed for murder.


22 posted on 10/04/2009 4:41:50 PM PDT by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: DariusBane

Ah, come on Decker, you know the deal: if you’re not cop you’re little people.


23 posted on 10/04/2009 4:43:05 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: Marechal
obstruction of justice, accessory after-the-fact, attempted murder (several counts: shooting, moving the wounded man, WTF was that with putting him on the hood?). I'd go for life but even 1 year in general population will seem like a lifetime to them.

and if you do call 9-1-1, make sure to leave the phone off the hook!

24 posted on 10/04/2009 4:44:39 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: Marechal
If they commit crimes wearing the badge, it makes citizens not only trust them less but trust them less than regular crooks and thieves. It is worse for someone to wear the uniform to commit a crime because it destroys all trust in the institution, for if they commit crimes, other cops are incompetent or willingly looking away or active criminals as well.

A guy who robs you is robbing you, but being robbed by someone in uniform is also lying and hypocritical. If the police are to see citizen cooperation, they must be more honest and honorable than the average citizen.

25 posted on 10/04/2009 4:44:57 PM PDT by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
So, what happened to the intruder?

My guess is he was promoted to Detective . . .

26 posted on 10/04/2009 4:49:23 PM PDT by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
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To: tbw2

This is an institutional problem, not a one off “bad cop” problem. This stuff happens in big cities and small all over the Country. Yet people continue to ask for more and more intrusive laws to keep them safe.


27 posted on 10/04/2009 4:50:25 PM PDT by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: arthurus

Are you saying the cops love to shoot dogs, using any excuse whatsoever to do so?

I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.


28 posted on 10/04/2009 5:00:45 PM PDT by cydcharisse
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To: freebilly

And the asses of the officers involved.Unfreakingbelievable.


29 posted on 10/04/2009 5:03:39 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Marechal

Yep,I like all of what you said.


30 posted on 10/04/2009 5:06:09 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: tbw2
These cops should spend the rest of their lives in jail, if not be executed for murder.

It is more likely that they will get some sort of department commendation.

31 posted on 10/04/2009 5:07:16 PM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: Petruchio

LOL


32 posted on 10/04/2009 5:08:48 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Marechal

You’re a man after my own heart.


33 posted on 10/04/2009 5:08:49 PM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: F15Eagle
One more group of LEOs seeking JBT status.

As I recall, it was the Phoenix office of the FBI that got caught with a very embarrassing little booklet painting conservatives, patriots and constitutionalists as potential terrorists or some such nonsense.

Looks like Arizona can use a good housecleaning. While they're at it, please include McCain in the clean-up process.

34 posted on 10/04/2009 5:14:36 PM PDT by Czar (Life Member -- NRA)
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To: Marechal
The Arambulas say the officers later dragged Anthony onto gravel, then put him on top of the hot hood of a squad car, and "drove the squad car down the street with Tony lying on top, writing in pain."

Huh?

35 posted on 10/04/2009 5:14:53 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Czar

Sounds like the Feds need to be involved in this case. It’s very troubling.


36 posted on 10/04/2009 5:17:06 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
Somewhat related

The Altamonte Springs Florida police force finally fired the buffoon (Master Policeman Maupin) that put 2 people in the hospital due to his 104 mph joyride while on duty and outside his jurisdiction that ended in him rear ending a Honda stopped at a light..

One person recovered but will no doubt have problems later in life from the crash ,, the other person is still in a COMA a year later..

Oh ,, the penalty for destroying 2 lives you ask? He got a ticket for not wearing his seat belt and was fired ... look out ... he'll no doubt get a job in your city next!

But then I guess that's OK because they really are better than us and we should all be thankful they're out there diligently fulfilling their ticket quotas.

37 posted on 10/04/2009 5:19:07 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: cydcharisse

Are you saying the cops love to shoot dogs, using any excuse whatsoever to do so?

I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.
***********************************************
I’ve upgraded to 3 big dogs now just to ensure they stay busy long enough for me to get to my guns.


38 posted on 10/04/2009 5:22:01 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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This is worth several million dollars at least....

That would be a good starting point. Then there's the heads of the cops involved on a silver platter.

That would top things off nicely.

39 posted on 10/04/2009 5:23:04 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: F15Eagle
I'm afraid I don't share your faith in the Feds. They are part of the problem--a very big part.

The Feds are enthusiastic supporters of paramilitarizing local law enforcement. LEOs at the local level are bad enough already--they do not need any more JBT training from the Feds.

40 posted on 10/04/2009 5:24:59 PM PDT by Czar (Life Member -- NRA)
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To: Marechal
Imho, never call 911 until you have used 1911.

And then call the arambulas for the dying perp.

Ok, I'm sorry.

5.56mm

41 posted on 10/04/2009 5:26:07 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

Unfortunately, that is sometimes the attitude given here by some Freepers. While the police are unappreciated in a lot of ways, wearing a uniform doesn’t make them a hero or even decent all the time.


42 posted on 10/04/2009 5:26:26 PM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: tbw2
But such an intentional effort to ensure he dies may qualify as murder, if not manslaughter.

NA. The homeowner lived.

43 posted on 10/04/2009 5:28:59 PM PDT by ColdWater
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To: DariusBane

You are so right. Had a brother-in-law, grew up with him, who was a cop in a medium size Texas city. Showed me his throw down gun once. After he quit, I asked him why. He said he realized that he had developed the “cop attitude”, that there were two types of people: Cops (and their families) and Perps. Asked him, which am I? He said I was a Perp - definition you had already committed a crime, or you would eventually. He hung with cops - ate, drank, spent 95% of his time with them. Lucky for him he woke up in time. I have very little respect for cops anymore, though I think most of them are probably not like that. But I can’t tell which are which. I don’t trust my or my family’s safety to them.


44 posted on 10/04/2009 5:55:18 PM PDT by TStro
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To: Marechal

“...gross negligence, civil rights violations, failure to supervise, excessive force, deliberate indifference to medical needs, false arrest, and emotional distress.”

That about sums it up!


45 posted on 10/04/2009 6:47:41 PM PDT by jocon307 ( We're dealing with COMMUNISTS here, folks!)
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"This is worth several million dollars at least.... "

In terms of police salary, that could be just 8 years of income. Some ordinary cops make over $250,000 per year. Just to add some perspective.

46 posted on 10/04/2009 7:00:08 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: bamahead

Juuuuuust another isolated incident, courtesy of the union-thug street gang in blue.


47 posted on 10/04/2009 7:01:32 PM PDT by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: Marechal; All

Well, look at that—the Phoenix Use of Force board has cleared the officer:

http://www.kpho.com/news/21121206/detail.html

Big surprise.


48 posted on 10/04/2009 8:08:32 PM PDT by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: freebilly
Speechless....

Ditto that.

49 posted on 10/04/2009 8:11:34 PM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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And more details:

A few hours later, Lilly told internal affairs investigators that he fired only after Arambula pointed a gun his direction, the lawsuit states.

Police kept Arambula’s wife and kids from visiting Tony at the hospital until after investigators could interview him. The lawsuit also states that police tried to damage Arambula’s reputation and deflect blame toward the homeowner. Police visited a gun dealer who had sold Arambula a handgun and allegedly “suggested that Tony may have illegally obtained weapons,” the lawsuit says.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2009/09/homeowner_shot_by_police_while.php


50 posted on 10/04/2009 8:22:50 PM PDT by ellery (It's a free country.)
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