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10 Worst Cops in (Recent) Arizona History

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6.) Ramon "Charley" Armendariz

The public has yet to learn the extent of the corruption committed by ex-Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ramon "Charley" Armendariz, who was found to have a smorgasbord of illegal drugs, about 100 license plates and hundreds drivers licenses in his Phoenix home following an April 30 raid. It seems to be evidence that he was shaking down people during traffic stops. He was found dead of apparent hanging in his home on May 8.

The case has drawn the keen interest of U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow because Armendariz had been a key witness in the high-profile Melendres court case in Snow's courtroom. Snow ruled in 2013 that Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio led systematic discrimination against Hispanics. The judge continues to oversee operations of a federal monitor installed in Arpaio's office, and of the ongoing probe of Armendariz's actions. Still unanswered: Whether Arpaio and other MCSO employees knew what Armendariz had been doing -- and how many other deputies were doing the same thing.

5.) Helaman Barlow

Helaman Barlow, the former chief marshal for Colorado City and neighboring Hlidale, Utah, helped lead what was probably the most insane police department in the country. Barlow stepped down last year and testified for the federal government, acknowledging his department was under the total control of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the nation's most infamous polygamous cult.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.
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