PHOENIX - The Arizona Attorney General is asking a federal judge to disband the local police force in the polygamist town of Colorado City.
Tom Horne’s office filed a proposed form of judgment this week that would shut down the Colorado City Marshals Office and turn law enforcement responsibilities to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
“What really needs to happen is the Marshals need to be taken out of there,” Horne said.
The Attorney General and residents of Colorado City claim that the Marshals Office is under the control of the FLDS Church and its leader Warren Jeffs, who’s serving life in prison for child sex crimes.
The decision to take the matter to a federal judge comes just weeks after the Marshals Office chief of police admitted under oath that his department follows directions from the FLDS church and has broken laws to protect its members, court records show .
“I consider it to be the biggest injustice going on in Arizona today,” Horne said. “It’s almost impossible to believe that women that here in the 21st century women are being held essentially as captive slaves.”
The Colorado City Marshals became an official department in the 1980s.
It's a small force currently with six officers.
But in the last decade, seven Marshals have had their police certifications revoked, according to state investigative records obtained by the ABC15 Investigators.
Those records show:
- One Marshal was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a 16-year-old girl.
- Another Marshal admitted to molesting a five-year-old girl.
- A Marshal, who was an admitted bigamist, also was accused of failing to report child sex abuse.
- Investigators also discovered two more wrote letters to Jeffs, pledging their allegiance to him while he was a fugitive on the run from the FBI.
Contact ABC15 Investigator Dave Biscobing at firstname.lastname@example.org