Arizona begins process of booting polygamous community’s police force

Phoenix • Arizona’s police regulators on Wednesday heard allegations of lying, false arrests and ambivalence in connection with six marshals from a polygamous community on the state line with Utah.

The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board then voted to start the process of removing those marshals from the police force in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. The marshals will be allowed to remain on the job while they appeal, which their lawyers indicated Wednesday they will do.

The appeal process likely will take up to a year.

Colorado City and Hildale, collectively known as Short Creek, are home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Wednesday was the first time the Arizona board publicly disclosed findings of an investigation of the Short Creek marshals.

Some of the accusations were no surprise, including that marshals falsely arrested two men at an old zoo last year, and that marshals denied knowing about the private FLDS security force though the marshals names were on the security force’s roster….

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