Bill to Get Rid of FLDS-Lovin' Cops in Colorado City Gets Neutered, Passes House

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A neutered version of the bill that would have gotten rid of the corrupt cops in Colorado City passed the House yesterday.

House Bill 2648 was approved by the House with a 52-7 vote, after one of the primary purposes -- disbanding the "Marshal's Office" in the polygamist town of Colorado City -- was removed from the bill.

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-Bill to Get Rid of FLDS-Lovin' Cops in Colorado City Back Again
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The way Republican Representative Michelle Ugenti proposed it, local police departments could be dissolved if half of its police officers had their licenses taken away over the course of eight years -- which would've gotten rid of the "Marshal's Office."

Republican Representative John Kavanagh passed an amendment to the bill, which clarifies that this "only applies to the revocations of peace officer certifications that occur on or after the effective date of this act." So, now the "Marshal's Office" doesn't qualify.

"Every police department has a clean slate," Kavanagh explained his amendment.

For whatever reasons, legislators couldn't agree on the original proposal last session either, even though the allegedly corrupt "marshals" on the Utah/Arizona border -- whom Attorney General Tom Horne contends are still loyal to child rapist Warren Jeffs and his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -- still have policing power.

Colorado City was previously patrolled only by the "Marshal's Office," which state and federal authorities believe is to be loyal to Jeffs instead of the law, so Horne supported a bill that would've gotten rid of them.

"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," the AG's office explained at the time. "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."

Republican Representative Doris Goodale, who represents Colorado City in her district, defended the town once again -- as she did when she was vocal against the bill last session.

We've tried to get Goodale's explanation, but she hasn't returned New Times' calls.

We did, however, see what she told Valley political reporter Howie Fischer.

"I would really challenge anyone to present to me documentation, absolute fact, anything that's in writing that suggests Colorado City is a rogue department and that we have to create an entire system of police oversight," Goodale told him. "It's all built on hearsay, it's all built on conjecture by the Attorney General's Office."

Well, it's probably not "absolute fact," but there's a 19-page document from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division alleging just that -- and other allegations -- and we're pretty sure the Justice Department didn't just type up 19 pages worth of bullshit for the hell of it.

Among the claims, "...Marshal's Deputies went to each household in the Cities and asked residents to turn over any dogs that they had in the home to the Officers. The Marshal's Deputies then shot and killed the dogs in a slaughter pit a short distance from the Cities. Two of the Marshal's Deputies involved in this incident remain employed by the Marshal's Office."

Or how about this: "On or about May 18, 2010, a group of non-FLDS children attempted to play at the [public park]. A Marshal's Deputy told the children that they could not play at the Park and threatened them with arrest if they continued to play."

Let's also not forget that the Mohave County Sheriff's Office -- which the AG's office has been paying to do cop work on top of the "marshals" -- just recently helped a woman escape Colorado City, after being held captive in the FLDS community for years after being forced to marry her brother-in-law at age 14.

Nope, nothing to see here, folks, according to Goodale.

The bill has been sent to the Senate.


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AZHighways
AZHighways

It's been my hope for many years - with the influx of those moving here from other states - the traditional corruption & back wood's deals and networks would get exposed and rooted out.  Although it's not happened yet - at least it's getting exposed - that's a beginning! 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

These republican punks can't even face down a bunch of pedophiles.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

So I take it that Kavanagh and BADdale are okay with incestuous acts and pedophilia. That's exactly what FLDS is engaging in. They abuse the Freedom of Religion Act as an excuse to engage in nefarious behavior.

Reader
Reader

Goodale is right and yes the Justice Department 19 page report is crap. don't you people look into this stuff?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Kavanagh  is the PRIME example of why anyone elected needs to pass a mental exam prior to being sworn into office.  He can study for it with Joke Arpaio!

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Kavanagh and Goodale -  two moral heavyweights in the Arizona Legislature. Nothing to be proud of!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

This Doris Goodale is part of the Republican Party's War on Women!  She is a traitor to her own sex.  It's disgusting to see a woman holding the balls while men fuck with women, and believe me, the FLDS is ALL ABOUT FUCKING WOMEN.  Those men in these FLDS communities couldn't get laid if Doris Goodale's mother was in the same room with them!  They have to keep their pussy literally barefoot and pregnant or they couldn't get none at all.  It's just another disgusting black mark against the State of Arizona and its leadership.

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