Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard wants the federal government to look into the Colorado City, AZ police department. Saying that he believes that officers in the department have “engaged in practices and conduct that deprives individuals of their constitutional and civil rights,” Goddard last weed asked U.S.Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the law enforcement agency.
Much of Goddard’s concern about the C-City department stems from the fact that a number of the department’s officers are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and follow the teachings of FLDS Prophet Warren Jeffs. Goddard believes there is evidence that the C-City police are under church direction and that they are “aiding and abetting criminal activity,” including the practice of polygamy, underage marriages and the expulsion of young men from the community who might compete with the church’s older male followers for young brides.
Jeffs and several of his followers, including Rodney Holm, a former C-City police officer previously convicted of bigamy and sexual conduct with a minor in Utah, were indicted in Mohave County Arizona recently on charges of sexual conduct or conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. The charges relate to the marriage of underage girls to older men in the FLDS church. For his part, Jeffs is charged with arranging the marriages and participating in the wedding ceremonies.