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Quartzsite puts most of its police officers on house arrest- KSWT News

by on July 25, 2011

Posted: Jul 22, 2011 3:33 PM Story by Ruth Castillo, Reporter for KSWT News 13

Quartzsite, Arizona July 21, 2011 – Many folks living in Quartzsite say the town is in a state of emergency. Sgt. William Ponce of the Quartzsite Police Officers Association says most of its officers are on administrative leave for telling the truth. Ponce is one of nine officers listed that are or will be placed on administrative leave.

“We are tasked with maintaining peace and order in our community, says Ponce, who is currently on vacation and has yet to receive the administrative leave notice. “And we took an oath as law enforcement officers to uphold the Constitution and follow the laws of the State of Arizona and that’s all we want to do. And from what you can see right now, the Chief [Gilbert] himself is not creating peace in the community. He is creating chaos and disruption and only making things worse. And we just want to be able to go to work, do our jobs and not be under duress anymore.” (continue story through link above)

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