Judge spares police in polygamous towns, orders monitoring

Published on April 20, 2017 at 10:33AM

PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government’s bid to dismantle the police department in a polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border has been rejected by a judge. But the towns will still be under court supervision for the next decade as punishment in a religious discrimination case. Under orders issued Tuesday by a federal judge, the chief marshal in Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, will be supervised by a court-appointed mentor who will offer advice on the operations of the police department. Police officers will have to undergo training every year on constitutional protections and town officials will be barred from any involvement in internal affairs investigations. The towns are home to a polygamous group run by Warren Jeffs, who is serving a life sentence in Texas for sexually assaulting girls he considered brides.