Friday, July 22, 2011

Quartzsite, Arizona: 'Nazi'-cop town 'firing' officers, stops paying mayor

Update on the small town of Quartzsite, Arizona, where the police chief has been out of control: 'Nazi'-cop town 'firing' officers, stops paying mayor. Now the state of Arizona is involved, investigating charges of corruption.
The state of Arizona is now investigating allegations of massive corruption among government officials in Quartzsite, Ariz., the town that's the focus of worldwide attention after police forcibly removed a woman from speaking at a town-hall meeting, and where the mayor today says he's not being paid and mo
st local police officers are wrongly being fired and have been ordered not to leave their homes.

That last sentence, about being "ordered not to leave their homes" -- what? The town fired several officers, and sent them a letter, which contained these instructions:
That letter instructs the officers: "You are required to remain at your place of residence between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and noon and between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Failure to be present at your residence during those hours without express written approval from the investigator, Assistant Town Manager Al Johnson, shall be considered dereliction of duty and may result in additional disciplinary action, including dismissal."
Is this legal??!! The article clarifies: the police officers haven't been fired, but have been put on ""paid, adminstrative leave until such time that you are told otherwise or until your employment is terminated," but either way, it seems illegal to mandate they stay in their homes. Are they under house arrest?


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