PCSD fires three more officers involved in bar fight

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PCSD fires three more officers involved in bar fight

CREATED Sep. 27, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep. 28, 2012

Reporter: Justin Schecker

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Pima County Sheriff's Department fired the remaining three officers accused of beating up bar patrons and bystanders at the Buffet Bar on Ninth Avenue in the early morning on September 19.  

The two other officers facing charges of aggravated assault were terminated immediately last week because they were on probation, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told 9 On Your Side. 
 
Anthony Bonfiglio, John Hyatt and Matthew Garcia were fired Thursday.  
 
17-year-old Corey Masterson recognized Bonfiglio's mugshot, telling 9OYS that he was the officer who assaulted him.  
 
"When I seen the picture of him, I was like that's the guy," Masterson said. "Like even out here in the dark you could tell he's not little. I don't know what I was thinking even trying to get near him."
 
Sheriff Dupnik told 9OYS he has never seen anything like this during his long career in law enforcement.       
 
"They were not attacked," Dupnik said. "This was simply an assault. They behaved like a bunch of thugs."
 
The sheriff said this bad behavior does not reflect the rest of his officers. 
 
"When something like this happens (of) this magnitude, we all kind of get painted with the same brush," Dupnik said. "I understand why it happens, but it's really not fair to the good people."
 
The sheriff said the department is in the process of hiring a new class of correctional officers. For now, he said the department is still well-staffed and they were able to move officers around to fill the vacancies.  
 
As for the five officers who lost their jobs, Masterson said he believes they got the fair punishment.
 
"That definitely makes me feel better that they lost their jobs," Masterson said.

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