The Palin Brawl Police Tapes – Annotated Edition

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and vice presidential candidate speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Amid the crackle and chaos of audio released by the Anchorage Police Department on Tuesday, an unmistakable voice could be heard.

“Did you find your necklace?” the woman could be heard saying. “Track, that is such a God thing. See?”

The voice almost certainly belonged to former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. The audio was released as part of hours of recordings made by Anchorage cops in the aftermath of an alcohol-fueled brawl at a house party in the city in September.

The recordings were released along with photos from the scene, and they documented the surreal situation police were faced with when they rolled up to the party. People were scattering and the Palin family was hovering around a stretch Hummer limousine they had brought with them that night.

Previously, eyewitnesses had largely blamed the Palins for the brawls, and police documented their findings in reports. But ultimately, prosecutors decided to bring no charges.

The audio that has now been released offered a glimpse of the scene. Palin’s adult children, Track and Bristol, could be heard telling their stories to the investigators. Meanwhile Sarah Palin spent time reminding her children throughout it all of one of the important things in life: not to cuss.

Here are a few of the best (or worst) moments from the audio. All of the recordings that were released are embedded below.

‘That Was Sarah Palin’

In one of the recordings, a witness could be heard talking to an officer about the fights that night. At one point the man paused, and wanted to make sure the officer knew the severity of the situation.

“The lady that came up with the glasses,” the man said. “That was Sarah Palin.”

The cop let out an audible sigh, and said, “Okay.”

“I know. Nice evening,” the man said.

“Yeah,” the officer said. “Sounds like it.”

‘Such A God Thing’

Another of the audio recordings began with the sounds of shouting and general chaos. Amid it all, Sarah Palin could be heard pretty clearly talking about a necklace that belonged to her son, Track Palin, which they thought had been lost forever during the altercations.

“Did you find your necklace?” Sarah Palin said. “Track, that is such a God thing. See?”

“Track, that went to Iraq and Afghanistan,” Palin continued. “Let me see it. I can’t believe you found it. Let me put it in my pocket.”

As yelling and chatter continued all around, Palin kept focused on one thing.

“He found his necklace,” Palin said. “He found his St. George.”

‘Our Side’

Yet another audio recording began with yelling, cursing and the sound of a child crying. Sarah Palin’s voice could be heard briefly urging her son, Track Palin, to cooperate.

Quickly another woman’s voice could be heard.

“Stop,” the woman said. “Let’s get them on our side. Okay?”

‘Basically A Gay Guy, But He’s Not’

Soon after in the same audio, an officer could be heard escorting Track Palin to a quieter area so that they could talk. From the sound of it, his father, Todd Palin, was by his side.

Track began to explain to the officer how his father’s 50th birthday celebration that night turned into a melee.

“Alright this is my old man,” Track said. “It’s his birthday, okay. So we’re at this party in Wasilla. Dude, surprise him with a new truck, new trailer, new wrap on the trailer. Everything was fucking kosher.”

As he described what happened, Todd Palin interjected periodically. Both Track and Todd agreed that the fighting started when “a father-son team” punched their friend, “Steve.”

“He’s like a little pussy you know what I’m saying?” Track said, referring to Steve. “Like he’s not gonna fight nobody. … Most innocent, basically a gay guy, but he’s not.”


At one point in the audio, an officer asked Track Palin for his name. Track began to comply, spelling it out in the phonetic alphabet often used by members of law enforcement and the military.

“Track,” he said. “T-R-Tango, Romeo, Alfa, Charlie, Kilo.”

But when it came to spelling his last name, Track became a little more dodgy.

“Papa, Alfa, Lima, India, Mike, Oscar,” Track Palin said, spelling P-A-L-I-M-O. “You know what that means? Like I mean –“

“Palimo?” the officer asked.

“What?” Track said. “No. See he didn’t know what –“

That’s when his father interrupted.

“This is not a time to be joking,” Todd Palin said. “It’s Palin.”

“I’m not trying to be a dick, man,” Track said later. “I’m sorry. I just seen a lotta’ shows on cops.”

‘They’re All White’

At another point in the audio, an officer asked Track Palin to describe the people who had “attacked” him.

“They’re all like little bitches,” Track said.

“You gotta help me out, man,” the officer said. “White, black, Native?”

“They’re all white,” Track responded before describing their body types. “If it was one-on-one, like I would beat the shit outta them. You know what I’m saying? Sorry.”

“No, I understand,” the cop reassured him.

‘Took Me By My Legs And Dragged Me Across The Lawn’

In one of the audio recordings, Bristol Palin spoke to an officer, saying that she had been attacked by Korey Klingenmeyer, the owner of the house where the party took place.

“Can we talk in here because I have my 5-year-old in here asleep?” Bristol said, before beginning to tell her version of what happened.

“I don’t know who Korey is,” she said. “Korey pushed me on the ground and took me by my legs and dragged me across the lawn calling me a ‘cunt’ and calling me a ‘slut.’ I don’t know Korey. I don’t know Korey.”

The police officer then took photos of Bristol’s injuries.

“I don’t want my face in a picture right now,” she said. “There’s nothing on my face except for beer* and makeup.”

Listen to the audio recordings below:

Sarah Palin speaks:

Track Palin and Bristol Palin:

Other police recordings:

911 call from neighbor:

*There’s been some suggestion that Bristol Palin is heard to say not “beer and makeup” but “smeared makeup.” You be the judge. It’s at the 32:00 mark in the second clip above.

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