United States v. Town of Colorado City (D. Ariz.)

On June 21, 2012, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. Colorado City (D. Ariz.) against the town of Colorado City, Ariz.; the City of Hildale, Utah; Twin City Water Authority; and Twin City Power alleging a pattern or practice of police misconduct and violations of federal civil rights laws.

The adjoining towns of Colorado City and Hildale are located on the border of Arizona and Utah and are populated primarily by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS). The FLDS is not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The complaint alleges discrimination based on religion in violation of the Fair Housing Act, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, and Title III of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This is the first lawsuit by the Justice Department to include claims under both the Fair Housing Act and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. The
complaint alleges that the cities, their joint police department and local
utility providers under the cities’ control have allowed the FLDS Church to
improperly influence the provision of policing services, utility services and
access to housing and public facilities, and that this improper influence has
led to discriminatory treatment against non-FLDS residents.