(RC: This is a guest post written by Brian Reilly. Mr. Reilly was a member of the Surprise, Arizona Tea Party and was the person who convinced Sheriff Joe Arpaio to do an investigation into President Obama’s long form birth certificate in 2011. Mr. Reilly then was asked to join the Cold Case Posse and worked on the investigation along side Posse lead Mike Zullo.
Mr. Reilly has called Reality Check Radio several times to voice his opinion that the investigation led by Mike Zullo was and continues to be nothing more than a sham. Mr. Reilly expressed that opinion most recently on my show this past Wednesday evening. )
OPINION: BY BRIAN REILLY
There seems to be some confusion on the part of some, whether Mike Zullo of the Cold Case Posse, non-profit corporation is a ” sworn law enforcement officer” in Arizona. Let’s see if we can find the truth.
To Director Lyle Mann, Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training (AZPOST) regarding Posse member Michael P. Zullo.
1.) Was Michael P. Zullo, AZ POST certified as a law enforcement officer, anytime in the year 2012?
2.) Is Michael P. Zullo currently, AZ POST certified as a law enforcement officer?
(Arizona Amended Code, R13-4-103: Certification of Peace Officers Mandatory.
(Arizona Revised Statutes, 1-215-27: “Peace Officers means sheriffs of counties, constables, marshals, policemen of cities and towns, commissioned personnel of the department of public safety, personnel who are employed by the state department of corrections and the department of juvenile corrections and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officers standards and training board,…..” (volunteer Posse members are not included in the statute.)
Sharon Rondeau quotes Carl Gallups, in her recent article in the Post & E-mail about the 9/23/14 Peter Boyles Show, as saying, “Zullo spends the first two or three pages [of his Alabama Supreme Court affidavit] identifying his law enforcement powers and authorities.” Gallups asked Sheriff Arpaio: “Is he [Zullo] really a bona fide law enforcement officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office?” Arpaio is reported to have said “Yes.” In the Alabama Supreme Court, Michael Zullo affidavit, in the third sentence, of the first paragraph, on the first page, Zullo clearly states: “I am a former sworn law enforcement office (sic)/criminal investigator…..” This affidavit is posted on Carl Gallups site at: www.carlgallups.com/zullo-affidavit.doc
It is very clear that even Michael Zullo acknowledges that he is a “former sworn law enforcement office (sic). Zullo’s statement is consistent with AZ POST Director Lyle Mann’s reply to my questions as to whether Michael P. Zullo is currently, or, in 2012, an AZ POST certified law enforcement officer. Director Mann’s answer is, “No to both questions.”
Hopefully, Carl Gallups will give this article some thought and reconsider his position.