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Critics say police in Colorado City, Arizona, ignore laws and remain loyal to jailed polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs.
The Arizona Senate passed legislation that would abolish the police department there and end corruption, but it failed to pass in the House. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports.
Arizona lawmakers voted against a bill that would abolish the corrupt police force in Colorado City. The legislation passed in the Arizona Senate, but failed in the House leaving many questioning why elected representatives are protecting the officers.
The police department consists of FLDS members loyal to their imprisoned polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs. Observers say they value the word of their leader over the law of the land.
CNN's Gary Tuchman and KTVK's Michael Watkiss have been reporting on the FLDS community for years. Tuchman doubts the Congress made an educated decision on the bill. He told Anderson Cooper, "There does not appear to have been a strenuous investigation." Based on his extensive travels as a journalist, he said, "This is the most abnormal place I've ever been to in the United States."
Watkiss believes the Arizona leaders are morally and intellectually bankrupt when it comes to this issue. He said Arizona is choosing to ignore "the most corrupt police agency in America." Watkiss also pointed out the limited rights of women and children in the FLDS community, made worse by the lawless police department.
Reporter's Note: Each day I sit at my computer and write to the White House. Each day I receive no response. I’m not complaining. I’m sure they are very busy over there.
Dear Mr. President,
So this afternoon, after more than three years in office, you came out and finally said that you are in favor of same-sex marriage. Good for you.
Now, I’m not picking sides in this fight; how you or anyone else in this country feels about that issue is your business and I won’t pass judgment on it. What I mean when I say “good,” is that it is always refreshing when a politician says openly and directly what he or she believes.
And after all, I don’t think your “I’m evolving” talk, was sitting well with anyone anyway. Conservatives figured you’d already made up your mind and were just trying to hide your opinion from voters because you feared a backlash; liberals figured you’d already made up your mind and were acting like a coward by not speaking up. I personally talked to a fair number of gay and lesbian rights activists who were, to say the least, disheartened that you seemed to be taking forever to finish your evolution.
I do understand that sometimes changing one’s political or moral stance on something does indeed take time. Certainly there are beliefs that I was plenty confident about when I was 15 that have changed since then, and it has taken years for me to fully understand and express my altered views. But here is the difference: I’m not the president. To be honest, my opinion doesn’t matter much even when I have one. Heck, even my dog ignores me half of the time.
So, all of that considered, I hope you were not hoping for a big bump in the polls from this, because I’m not sure it will be coming. Maybe this was truly a courageous decision that you made out of nothing but your conscience and heartfelt feelings on the matter, but I suspect few folks will see it that way. Because I think many of those who wanted it feel like you made them wait too long, and many of those who oppose it feel as if your inspiration was not a commitment to civil rights, but rather a hope for re-election.
Not trying to wreck on you, just letting you know what I’m hearing and seeing out here.
I hope all is well. Call if you can.
As you drive into Colorado City, Arizona you can't help but feel blown away by the picturesque scenery. The mountain range is so beautiful; it's a shame that very few people have seen the area that is only a few hours from Las Vegas. It's no secret that visitors aren't welcome here.
Gary Tuchman and I have been coming to the FLDS town for several years to report on their leader and convicted child rapist Warren Jeffs. We’ve done stories on the way he runs the polygamous sect in the area also known as Short Creek. Journalists who have worked out there know there are challenges to covering stories in the area. The minute anyone from the media arrives, text messages are sent around the community alerting everyone not to talk with them.
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