Tom Horne's Effort to Get Rid of FLDS-Lovin' Cops in Colorado City Killed in Legislature

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Attorney General Tom Horne's efforts to replace the police force in Colorado City with deputies from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office was killed in the state House yesterday, which turned out to be the last day of the legislative session.

Colorado City, for those joining late, is the city on the Utah/Arizona border that child rapist Warren Jeffs used to call home, and remains the home to members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Horne pushed the bill to legislators, contending that the cops there -- often referred to as the "Marshalls" -- were way too sympathetic to polygamists and friends of Jeffs.

"Numerous cases have been documented where the 'Marshalls' refuse to investigate serious crimes against the property and persons of 'apostates' or other non followers of Warren Jeffs, when the perpetrators were followers of Mr. Jeffs," the AG's office said in February. "The 'Marshalls' have also prevented enforcement of court orders with respect who can occupy land. When a court appointed official came to Colorado City to enforce court orders, the Chief of Police pulled him over and threatened to arrest him for criminal trespass if he attempted to enforce court orders, as opposed to the desires of the FLDS Church."

The House had previously killed the bill to replace the cops in Colorado City, but it was tacked on to another bill as an amendment in a last-ditch effort to get it passed.

House members didn't accept that either, saying the language wasn't germane to the actual bill.

Horne hasn't been happy about the cops in Colorado City, as he insists they're playing to the wishes of Jeffs and his religious teachings, not state laws.

"Young women trapped in polygamist arrangements with much older men, who had escaped from Colorado City, have stated that other women trying to escape were caught by the local police...and forcefully returned to their husbands," the AG's office said in its explanation of Horne's desire to get rid of those cops. "In one case, the husband threatened 'blood atonement' if the woman tried again escape, which involves execution by a method too horrible to describe here."

Jeffs is still in prison for raping kids -- where he's still acting like a lunatic -- but the FLDS is still practically running Colorado City.

Horne said this bill, among 17 he suggested to the Legislature, was his "highest priority in terms of the safety and well being of Arizona citizens."

The bill as proposed didn't explicitly remove Colorado City's police force; it was a little craftier than that. Here's the explanation from the AG's office:

The law provides that a local police agency can be decertified if more than half of its individual police officers had their licenses taken away in the previous 8 years. This would include Colorado City, and may apply in other cases as well. However, decertification of the law enforcement agency would not occur unless the Attorney General determined that the problem was systemic, and the County Board of Supervisors would have to vote to have the Sheriff takeover local law enforcement duties. Mohave County officials have indicated their willingness to do that in this case. The Sheriff's office would be paid by the city for law enforcement duties.

Horne told the Arizona Republic he's going to try again next year.

Also read: Former New Times writer John Dougherty's saga on the polygamist communities in Arizona.

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Mleigh
Mleigh

This is simply religious bigotry.  How is it legal to ask a government employee what their religion is?  Yet, Arizona officials have been doing that to FLDS police officers.  

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I think it is good that Tom Horne pushed for this.  But he did not make much noise or push hard for this.

mom
mom

Oh really? I am so dumbfounded by your statement, I don't know where to start. Isn't it more like this- that when, as you term it,  "US citizens" try to intervene in a bad situation on foreign soil, they get bashed non-stop for 'interfering?" And when they try to intervene with a bad situation here on US soil, they get wrtitten up in the press as fascists of some sort? (as in the case of the April 2008 rescue attempt by Texas of the wacko child marriage flds cult?)
 I just find your comment so  full of broadbrushing and huge assumptions based on God- knows -what!   I am certain YOU don't personally give a fig about the plenty of help given to your fellow man all over the world for many decades by US govt assistance,church  mission schools and hospitals, and a host of other humanitarian work done all the time all over the US and via US donations.

Dave in Golden Valley
Dave in Golden Valley

Maybe the Arizona Taliban lead by Rep. Doris Goodale, who was against this legislation, can send the Reproduction police to Colorado City and regulate polygamy reproduction, like she wants to  regulate reproduction in the rest of Arizona.

TinHatFinder
TinHatFinder

The Governor's office and the state legislature are so corrupt that the DOJ should take the state government into receivership...but that will have to wait until the head of the DOJ is replaced with someone other than Eric Holder. I have never seen a DOJ head so missing in action on any front as Eric Holder. The last time Eric Holder was seen was lying to congress about his knowledge of "Fast and Furious".

TinHatFinder
TinHatFinder

For those who are new to the state or valley, we don't take kindly to child molesters here...unless of course you take the pledge and move to Colorado City...in which case you can marry someone immediately as long as they have left the vagina and don't forget you can have sex with them too...right away. What a disgusting, state government has Arizona has on so many levels.

Not Surprised, Again
Not Surprised, Again

I would like to know what the other 16 bills were that Horne was trying to get passed.

Native Guns
Native Guns

 Regardless, he made this one a high priority. And for that, I would at least give him credit for doing something right for once. It's sure a pity that his so called Republican friends in the legislature would not stand with him on such a decent bill like this one.

Bnbk
Bnbk

It's good to see Horne showing some concern for the victims in Colorado City. Corrupt law enforcement should be exposed and dealt with no matter which law enforcement agency is involved.While Horne's concern appears to be legit,it would be more convincing if he would show equal concern for the El Mirage sexual abuse victims & the MCSO's unwillingness to seek justice for those victims.

david saint
david saint

lol love how they had time to get in tax cuts for businesses in time, and removing state workers rights...shows their priorities are not the well being of AZ residents, just their parties priorities. 

david saint
david saint

lol my thoughts as well...shocking isnt it. 

pecee69
pecee69

Name names, who killed this bill? make them justify their reasons to the electorate so we can decide if they are worth even listening to the next time they want our votes.

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

Yes, name the legislators who voted this down.

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

Okay-historically politicians are loathe to go against the FLDS (Short Creek Raid), but NT should dig into this deeper.
The FLDS has a lot of money, Did someone get bought off here?

Fritz_The_Cat
Fritz_The_Cat

All they have to do is go to POST and start yanking their certificates. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

What I want to know is this.

If "mainstream" Mormons are against the actions of Jeffs and his cabal of pedophiles, why haven't they already stormed Colorado City and Hilldale to rescue these girls and women from those who are practicing this deviant religion? Could it be because they don't want people reminded that the FLDS is doing the same things the LDS did under the teachings of Joseph Smith.

Shadow Wolf
Shadow Wolf

I believe its because Mormons still (somewhat) embrace these old practices. The fundamentals of the LDS church is about sustaining families. That also includes those in the polygamist cult. If you noticed that most traditional LDS families are quite large and extended. There is no question, if the "celestial" presidential candidate Romney were our next President, he may grant Jeffs a pardon. Since they are both technically of the same faith.

azlefty
azlefty

There are a lot more "sister Wives" out there than  people think, the  modern FLDS "Husband" just keeps  them in several households instead of one

Slade
Slade

 Thats what I do. its called open marriage to some and a swingers life style to others. or just old fashioned 1960s hippie balling. the more women to have sex with the more the man is happy. same goes for the women I see the more men they have sex with the more happy they are also  variety is the spice of life.

Not Surprised, Again
Not Surprised, Again

Amazing that the AG, Mohave County and the legislature couldn't come together and get something done here. 

I'd like to hear from the legislators who killed this bill.  What were their issues with the bill? How come they didn't work with the AG/Mohave County to resolve them?  Do these legislators consider Colorado City part of Arizona and subject to Arizona laws, yes or no? 

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