Should Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Colorado City Policing?

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Policing the FLDS towns of Colorado City and Hildale on the Utah/Arizona border could become with a new $420,000 for taxpayers.

Attorney General Tom Horne's funding for the Mohave County Sheriff's Office to patrol the area is running dry, after a bill that attempts to deal with the situation in Colorado City was all but killed in the state Legislature.

See also:
-Tom Horne's Cash for Colorado City Policing Set to Run Out
-Colorado City, FLDS Haven, Reportedly Covered With Security Cameras, 1984 Style
-Michelle Ugenti's Anti-Colorado City Bill Gets No Love from State Senate
-Doris Goodale Won't Explain Her Defense of Colorado City's Police Force
-Colorado City Sued by Justice Department; Warren Jeffs Still Running the Joint

The estimate for payment to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office is the same as this year's, $420,000, but Horne came up with that funding last time around from Federal Asset Sharing, federal cash that had been seized from drug dealers and whatnot.

So, Horne's reportedly going to ask the Legislature to budget this in, since the Leg' already screwed the pooch on Colorado City this session.

See, Colorado City previously was patrolled only by the Marshal's Office, which is believed to be loyal to self-proclaimed prophet and convicted child rapist Warren Jeffs instead of the law, at least, according to Horne and a federal lawsuit from the the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, among others.

Republican Representative Michelle Ugenti proposed a bill this year -- similar to legislation proposed last session -- calling for local police departments to be dissolved if half of its police officers had their licenses taken away over the course of eight years. That happens to fit the description of the Marshal's Office (legislators have also cited the PD in Quartzsite), which would alleviate the need for the Sheriff's Office, presumably.

So, even though it seems like lawmakers could have avoided this, should the taxpayers be on the hook to keep an eye on the public (and "marshals") in Colorado City?

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Declare them a separate nation and take them off the dole entirely while providing generous amnesty terms and regular/routine escape options presented if they realize the way of life is not for them.  If it is not self-sustaining and intentionally "bleeds the beast" it cannot be from God.

66rock topcommenter

I see this survey is split 50/50.  I also see that Arizona cannot, for some reason, get a grip on the problem of Colorado City even after many years.  Maybe it is time to seek some help on the federal level. There is repeated reports plus actual witness to treatment or MIS treatment of citizens, human beings, among them minors although I've never heard of CPS taking any action there. Civil rights issue perhaps?  We have a justice dept that deals with human trafficking as well, perhaps Colorado City treatment of female minors could fit their program somehow.  And yes, the silence coming from the Mormon Church is deafening and permanent, when it comes to Colorado City.

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Maybe the real Mormon church can come up with the cash. They're rich.

Daniel Riley
Daniel Riley

If the alternative is to allow loyalists to pedophile-prophet Warren Jeffs to maintain responsibility for enforcing the law, then yes, it's a necessary expense to protect people in that community from the FLDS elders.

valleynative topcommenter

The fact that there were alternatives that were rejected doesn't justify throwing our hands in the air and leaving those people on their own to fight the Mormon church.

Sure, the money should come from the legislators who rejected Ugenti's bill, but I don't think there's any legal mechanism to enforce that.

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