The town of Quartzsite

The town of Quartzsite

CREATED May 4, 2012

What is going on in Quartzsite, Arizona?

Reporter: Stephani Ruiz

It's a mess you might expect to find overseas. But right here in Arizona, a story with more drama than a soap opera.

A citizen arrested for speaking her mind.

When police officers complained that the chief was forcing them to conduct unlawful searches, 80% of the police force wound up being suspended, and half a dozen of those complaining ultimately lost their jobs.

Government leaders meet in secret to oust the mayor, who says he was protecting democracy and won't go without a fight.

"I'm a marine and this is not the kind of democracy that I raised my right hand to defend, I'll tell you this is unbelievable what goes on in Quartzsite, Arizona," Ousted Mayor Ed Foster told KGUN 9.

How will Quartzsite move past all these antics? And who is being held accountable to keep people safe?

Nine On Your Side Investigates tonight at 10:00.

Note:  an earlier version of this story stated that 80% of the police force had been fired and that it was the police chief who terminated the officers.  KGUN9 News regrets the error.