Activists Seek Lawsuit, Suggest Criminal Responsibility in CPS Non-Investigations

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Citizens for a Better Arizona
CBA leaves a report card and a plan at the office of Governor Jan Brewer.


The activists from Citizens for a Better Arizona are all over Child Protective Services and the agency's failure to investigate 6,000 claims of neglect and abuse.

In addition to making frequent made-for-TV trips to the Department of Economic Security (the parent agency of CPS) and Governor Jan Brewer's office, CBA's also looking at taking legal action over the debacle.

See also:
-Child Protective Services Failed to Investigate Thousands of Allegations

CBA President Randy Parraz posted on Facebook seeking child-abuse victims (or more likely, their families) whose abuse was reported to the hotline, but not investigated within seven days, to file a lawsuit.

Before the CPS Oversight Committee meeting last week, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery repeatedly stated that CPS was required by law to investigate these cases it admittedly ignored.

Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter explained before this committee that the allegations were made over the CPS hotline, before a someone coded the cases "Not Investigated," or "NI," and were never passed on to CPS investigators. Nearly half of those allegations were made this year.

In an e-mail this morning, Parraz suggested possible criminal charges over the CPS failure:
"What we have here is a potential conspiracy among a number of actors at CPS who over a period of time participated in a systematic approach to consistently violate state law at the expense of child safety (see reference below). Gov. Brewer's reluctance to take swift action against Mr. Carter may be interpreted as promoting and aiding in the commission of some 6,000 offenses against children."
In the "reference below," Parraz attached the state law on criminal conspiracy:
13-1003. Conspiracy; classification

A. A person commits conspiracy if, with the intent to promote or aid the commission of an offense, such person agrees with one or more persons that at least one of them or another person will engage in conduct constituting the offense and one of the parties commits an overt act in furtherance of the offense, except that an overt act shall not be required if the object of the conspiracy was to commit any felony upon the person of another, or to commit an offense under section 13-1508 or 13-1704.

B. If a person guilty of conspiracy, as defined in subsection A of this section, knows or has reason to know that a person with whom such person conspires to commit an offense has conspired with another person or persons to commit the same offense, such person is guilty of conspiring to commit the offense with such other person or persons, whether or not such person knows their identity.
Last week, Carter promised to have a plan of action no later than today, but at the time of this post, we sure hadn't seen it.

It's already been more than a week since the problem was discovered.

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shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Dear John Q Arizona,

You want to know who is responsible? Look in the mirror.

For decades, you have been electing and re-electing people with the same political affiliation and the same ideology and for decades, there have been almost yearly stories about how CPS fails to protect Arizona's children.

Now they will express outrage, appoint committees, make speeches, call for resignations, make promises, and, in the end, will do as they have always done, which is NOTHING THAT IS EFFECTIVE.

And, there is not a shred of doubt in my mind that, next year, you will elect people with the same political affiliation and who have the same ideology .

So, when you want to know who is responsible....................................................................?

DNichols
DNichols

What does C.P.S. stand for?!

I beleive neglecting your duty to protect our Children when it is your sole Job to Protect them is "Criminal" and that includes Wonderful Sheriff Arpaio ignoring over four hundred and fifty cases of Child Abuse including repeated Child Rapes that He intentionally ignored!!

Like Arpaio's #1 Fan Robert-Graham says: "Someone other than Arpaio is at fualt?"

Robert is right, the C.P.S., and the M.C.S.O. are equally Criminally Neglegent for their intentional Neglect of thier Duty to our Children!

They are no better than the Child Abusers/Rapists, I beleive they are worse.

To: Justice even for corrupt Powerful Tyrants?!

robert_graham
robert_graham

You mean to tell me that someone other than Arpaio is at fault?

DNichols
DNichols

@John;

The M.C.S.O. did far worse, allowing over Four Hundred and Fifty Reported Cases of Child Abuse, including Child Rapes in the same time frame under Wonderful Jan Brewer's Mighty Rule.

Both the M.C.S.O. and C.P.S. should be held accountable for thier Neglect to Arizona's Children!!

It has everything to do with Arpaio's Failed M.C.S.O. they lead the way for the C.P.S.

When "Child Molesters" are finally put in Jail they are granted "Amnesty through Plea Deals" if they are Racist Pals of Arpaio, and Bill Montgomery like Chris Simcox who stuck his fingers in his own Childs Vagina!!

Arizona needs a Top to Botom change in how it handles "Child Abuse" , and Prosecution of Animals like Arpaio, and Montgomery's Buddy Simcox?!!

Montgomery should be thrown in Jail for his dirty Plea Deal with his Border Date Simcox!

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