SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. Justice Department has sued two polygamous towns along the Utah-Arizona border, claiming religious discrimination against non-sect members.
The federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Thursday against the towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.
Most residents in both towns are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, run by the group's jailed leader Warren Jeffs.
Jeffs is serving a life sentence in Texas after convictions on child sex and bigamy charges, but he is said to still maintain control of the FLDS communities.
The lawsuit comes after Legislatures in Utah and Arizona failed to pass bills to abolish the local police department for the communities.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has argued the officers flout the law in favor of FLDS policies.