Church run police department has a pattern of abuse going back decades


According to the Department of Justice (DOJ) a church run police department has a pattern of abuse going back decades.

The Colorado City Marshals Office engaged in a long-standing pattern of abuses that included false arrests, unreasonable seizures of property, discriminatory policing on the basis of religion, and violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.  

“No individual in the United States should be treated differently by a town or its police officers because of his or her religion. No religious leaders should be permitted to use the power of sworn law enforcement officers to hide their misdeeds and enforce their decrees” Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said.

The towns of Colorado City and Hildale along the border of Arizona and Utah and are populated primarily by members of a faction of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) who remain loyal to their imprisoned prophet, Warren Jeffs.

“The advisory verdict made permanent by U.S. District Judge Holland’s order came after a seven-week trial during which the United States presented evidence from over thirty witnesses that the governments of Colorado City and Hildale are controlled the FLDS Church and Warren Jeffs.”

Judge Holland also said that Marshals “officers turned a blind eye to criminal activity involving FLDS Church leaders or members,”including supporting a fugitive and ignoring underage marriages,unauthorized distribution of prescription drugs, and food-stamp fraud. 

DOJ allowed the church to run the police department

 image credit: CS Globe

What should really shock everyone, is that the DOJ knew about this at least 5 years ago and did nothing to stop it.

In 2012 the DOJ sued FLDS “alleging a pattern or practice of police misconduct and violations of federal civil rights laws.”

“The DOJ complaint contends 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.”

 Alabama approves church run police departments

Fast forward to February 2017, the State of Alabama will soon allow the Briarwood Presbyterian Church to have it’s own police force.

Earlier this year, I warned everyone about the dangers of allowing religions to have their own police force. In my article‘Church police could arrest sexually abuse kids’ I asked the question, if a child accused a church leader of abuse would their police force arrest them to keep it quiet?

I raised numerous questions that everyone should be asking, but one of the most important questions I didn’t ask, was what happened to the separation of the church and state?

An article in Vice warns, “A private institution having its own police force is potentially dangerous and leads to important questions like: What happens if and when a church police officer breaks the law? And who is allowed to police private law enforcement?”

Where does the madness end? America has enough police and allowing religions to have the own police force is the epitome of a POLICE STATE!

8 thoughts on “Church run police department has a pattern of abuse going back decades


    1. The church is the only institution that can have equal status with a freeman national living being. If a church, as a church under the common law, wants a constable or a sheriff, that is well within the rights of a church, as the status of person claimed by the corporations would belong to the church under the common law. And this is no threat to the people, as the requirements for the common law process would still require an individual national to make complaint or represent the corpus delicti.
      A POLICE force for a 501(c)3 non-profit CORPORATION is a violation of the 1st Article as the contract with the state makes the church a state agency, operating in the admiralty.
      If the church is to be saved it will be through the common law and a return to the church’s traditional roll, as a church, free to engage in commerce and every other aspect of society as an individual freeman would. And with the responsibility to protect and defend the Bill of Rights and the common law and reject absolutely the admiralty government and its bribes by grant.
      The church operating as the church in the common law would have the protection of every freeman national as in every other case when it comes to rights.
      My rights are your rights are our rights.

  2. I think I’m going to start my own 501c church.
    I think I’ll call it the “Church of The Unforgiven.”
    That way I can finance my own police force.
    Maybe get some funding from DHS.

  3. Thanks for those wise words Henry. I agree with you totally. Policing is about cleaning up and defending oneself and others with at least equal force.
    There is no monopoly regarding who can do this. Be well.

  4. Tennessee shuts down Scientology psychiatric centers after determining they were keeping people against their will:

    A series of rehabilitation facilities have been permanently closed in Cannon County and three suspects charged in the case.

    “The Cannon County Sheriff’s Department would like to make the general public of this county aware that the Scientology facilities are closed and not operating in Cannon County,” a statement from the Sheriff’s office said.

    Attorney David Veile, representing some of the individuals involved in the case, said the facilities were not operated by the Church of Scientology.

    The 16th Judicial District of the state of Tennessee, Cannon County, has charged three suspects in the case. Two of the three, Dennis Flamond and Hans Snyder Lytle, entered guilty pleas in General Sessions Court on two counts of false imprisonment.

    The third suspect, Marc Vallieres, was charged with two felony charges of facilitation to kidnapping in Circuit Court. Vallieres pleaded “by information” in Circuit Court.

    Circuit Judge David Bragg ruled in this final disposition of the cases that “all facilities in Cannon County are closed and will not operate any resident facilities in Cannon County, TN.”

    Can you imagine a Church of Scientology police force?

  5. “The Colorado City Marshals Office engaged in a long-standing pattern of abuses that included false arrests, unreasonable seizures of property, discriminatory policing on the basis of religion, and violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”


    That describes virtually EVERY pig department in the entire country, doesn’t it?

    Don’t give a sh#t WHO or WHAT organizations those scumbags work for… SHTF targets.

    Every last stinking one of them.

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