In response to the September 26, 2014 Freedom Friday Show
by Brian Reilly
"If I find out Zullo’s lying to me, I’ll tell the world about that."
— Carl Gallups, Freedom Friday 9/26/2014
Pastor Gallups, I have listened to you on the radio, several times over the past few years and quite frankly, the information that you present, on occasion, does not match with my experience and training as a former, volunteer Cold Case Posse member who not only worked shoulder to shoulder with Mr. Mike Zullo, but I was also recruited for the Cold Case Posse by Mr. Mike Zullo. (I became a CCP member on April 17, 2012 and I resigned, 10 weeks later on June 30, 2012, after I saw the inner workings of the Cold Case Posse.)
For example, I recall you stated on your program or read in your articles your reference to Mr. Zullo as a professional, law enforcement officer. In one of your articles you refer to the combined 80 years of law enforcement experience that Sheriff Arpaio and Mr. Zullo have together. I’ve also heard you say or publish the titles, "Detective" and "Lieutenant" referring to Mr. Zullo’s rank within the Cold Case Posse. Please, feel free to correct me if I’m inaccurate.
In Mike Zullo’s Alabama affidavit, he refers to himself as a "former" law enforcement officer. When my wife and I attended the March 1, 2012 Cold Case Posse press conference, Mr. Zullo was asked, by the press, about how much law enforcement experience he had. "Five years" was his response, and that was in New Jersey, not Arizona. Zullo volunteers in an unpaid Posse position. How does the word, "professional" apply? Sheriff Arpaio, at the time of the 80 years comment made above, I believe had 50 or 51 years of law enforcement experience. Were you suggesting that Mr. Zullo had 29-30 years of professional law enforcement experience? And, in the Posse, we had no military rank. Former MCSO Deputy Chief, Brian Sands, with a reported 30 years of law enforcement experience, classified the Posse title "Commander" simply as a point of contact for the Posse in his book "Arpaio, Defacto Lawman." (Available on line at Barnes & Nobles.)
In your articles, I believe that I’ve read that you have a decade of previous professional law enforcement experience. I would assume that you were paid for your service as a professional. I would assume to become a sworn law enforcement officer, you went through a state certification process. I would assume that you had a title such as Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff or Corrections Officer or the like. I would assume that you carried a law enforcement commission card, that identified you as a state certified, sworn law enforcement officer. I assume that you carried a badge that stated your law enforcement position and your department. I assume that you had the authority to enforce the law, inherent with the position of a certified sworn law enforcement officer. Pastor Gallups, have you asked Mike Zullo if his experience is the same as yours? Posse members are not sworn, state certified, law enforcement officers.
In your Sharon Rondeau / Post & Email article, you are quoted as saying that you asked Sheriff Arpaio if Mike Zullo is really a law enforcement officer. To quote your question to Sheriff Arpaio, "Tell me, tell our audience: Does Mike Zullo really have law enforcement powers? Is he [Zullo] a bona fide law enforcement officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office? Does he [Zullo] have arrest authority?" Sheriff Arpaio’s response: "Yes, yes, yes, and yes. He works for me, and he is a bona fide law enforcement officer with my authority." The key words, "with my authority." Pastor Gallups, I would remind you that "bona fide" refers to "genuine." As Posse members we were told that we could only act if given a command by a sworn MCSO Deputy Sheriff, who was a state certified law enforcement officer.
Pastor Gallups, in your law enforcement position, could you be arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer? Did you know, according to our Posse training classes, we were told, never to carry our badges when not doing volunteer Posse work? We were told to leave our badges at home so that we would not use the badges for identification, as volunteer Posse members could be arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer. I’m sure that you would agree, a bona fide, state certified law enforcement officer would not be arrested for showing his badge for identification. Can you think of anytime that you would have been arrested as a real law enforcement officer for showing your badge? I was told in our Ethics / Law & Legal training classes that Posse members have been prosecuted here in Arizona for impersonating law enforcement officers.
And finally, I communicated this week with Executive Director Lyle Mann of Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training (AZ POST). My question to him was: "Has Michael P. Zullo EVER been AZ POST certified as a law enforcement officer?" Director Mann’s reply: "No he has not." firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor Gallups, I hope that you will consider the things that I have written in this letter, and seek the truth.