Maturo: Town Settles With Justice Dept to Avoid 'Prolonged Civil Litigation'

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo announced Tuesday he signed a letter of intent to settle with the U.S. Justice Department regarding East Haven Police misconduct investigation to avoid "costly, prolonged, and protracted litigation."

The following is a press release from the East Haven Mayor's Office.

Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. announced today that he has signed a “Letter of Intent” with the United States Department of Justice expressing his intent to enter into a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice regarding the claims of biased policing contained in its .

Maturo explained, “Constitutional policing remains the cornerstone of our Department’s goal of providing effective police protection. Entering into this agreement with the Department of Justice, and avoiding costly, prolonged, and protracted litigation, is in the best interests of the Town and the taxpayers. While the cost to implement the provisions of the  agreement is expected to be significant, this agreement represents another step toward turning yesterday’s challenges into tomorrow’s opportunities.”

On December 19, 2011, after being in office one short month, the Department of Justice released a “Findings Letter,” indicating that it believed the Town engaged in discriminatory police practices. Since that time, under the leadership of interim Chief Brent Larrabee, the East Haven Police Dept has been working diligently to implement suggested reforms, and the Town has been engaged in negotiations with the Department of Justice to formulate a plan to address the remaining concerns contained in that letter.

Maturo continued, “The Town has worked cooperatively with the Department of Justice to formulate an agreement that is realistic, fiscally prudent, and which addresses the concerns contained in its November, 2011 letter.”

Most notable about the agreement, is the provision calling for both parties to move to “conditionally dismiss the complaint,” a measure which allows the Town to begin implementing the provisions of the agreement with less oversight than typically ordered in similar cases.

Maturo explained, “The ‘conditional dismissal’ is recognition that the Town is working diligently, and in good faith, to address the concerns expressed by the Department of Justice. As a result of the Town’s cooperation and good faith efforts to-date, the parties jointly agreed that less court oversight and supervision would be necessary. The reduction in court-involvement will reduce the legal costs which would have been associated with more extensive court involvement and will allow the Town to stay focused on the task of revolutionizing our police department.”

Maturo concluded, “This agreement marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the East Haven Police Department. It represents an extraordinary opportunity for our community to continue to grow together and move forward. I know that this agreement will revolutionize our police department and put it on track to being one of the best departments in the country.”

Illusions October 23, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Translation: The police are guilty as hell and so is Maturo for enabling them. The EHPD is fubar... Have a nice time in Florida, Maturo. I suppose asking you to stay in town and take some honest accountibility would have been to much to ask...
Flowers October 23, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Thank you Mayor Joe for another outstanding achievement. East Haven has truly been blessed to have been given this cerebral and holy humanitarian as its Mayor. Can you feel it? Can you hear it?
Lou October 23, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Thank God! Great job putting this beast to bed Mayor!
Lou October 23, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Illusions people like you are the problem in this town. Can't you be happy we are making progress?
Lou_is_stupid October 23, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Lou, you are the.problem. This is not about making progress, this is about the mayor and the EHPD getting caught red handed and attempting once again to spin the tides of public opinion. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
Lou October 23, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Julie I want the IP adress and name for the last poster. I will be looking into this to press charges. I feel threatened.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 08:26 PM
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Nick Palladino October 23, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Gallo was hired by Maturo on advice from Gov. Roland. Need I say any more.
Ron October 23, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I don't care who is right or who is wrong or who did what !!! All I will say is if any one of our men in blue needs anything..... they know where to find me. I support them all 100%
La marcha October 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Heló lLou and Flowers are you part of the circus were is the master Maturo economic redines oscur and under one porpoce protec the currup policeman and his administration , no change of conduc steel the same one way taco
ASmith October 24, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I thought he was a kickin them out of town? remember that long hours talk he did on the newspaper website with that reporter? can we plays that again on youstube. he said he was a kickin em out of town, guess that went in the same closet as the 17% tax rollback. that closet is sure gettin crowded
ASmith October 24, 2012 at 12:59 AM
oh an I no relation to the ASmirth that has been postin here. he must be related to those lill blue fellas, ya knows the smurfs. course down in Mt Airy iffin ya saw smurfs it means ya been vistin the still too much.
Angels Among Us October 24, 2012 at 01:28 AM
What does settling mean to the East Haven Taxpayers? I am glad it is not going to be drawn out and more expensive. I feel that restitution should be made by those who broke the law.
Lou October 24, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Same here Ron! Maybe we can move on as a town.
Lou October 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM


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