DOJ: 'Chats' Display Alleged Anti-Latino Bias

East Haven Police Officers Dennis Spaulding and Jason Zullo's "car-to-car" communications used as basis for federal prosecutors' argument against Zullo's release from home confinement.

As part of their argument not to change the home confinement conditions of one of the four officers arrested for allegedly of Latino residents and others, Department of Justice officials released transcripts of snippets of recorded communications between two of the men while on duty.

And according to the federal prosecutors, the "car-to-car chats" support their allegations that Officer Jason Zullo "engaged in conscious and deliberate conduct against a racial minority group that he apparently believed threatened to disrupt social order in the Town of East Haven."

Screen grabs of the transcripts of those recorded communications between the two officers, which took place in 2008 and 2009, are posted in the gallery that accompanies this story.

The transcripts were part of the federal prosecutors' "Memorandum In Opposition of Bond Modification" — which is also posted in the gallery — filed with court yesterday.

Changes to Confinement

Zullo and fellow Officer Dennis Spaulding, who is also one of the four indicted officers, appeared in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport yesterday seeking changes to the conditions of their release since last month's .

East Haven Officers David Cari and Sgt. John Miller were also arrested but were not the subject of yesterday's court hearing.

According to Thomas Carson, spokesman for the Connecticut U.S. Attorney David Fein's Office, Federal Magistrate Holly B. Fitzsimmons ruled that Zullo will be released from home confinement, with electronic monitoring, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

And Spaulding "perfected his bond and remains on full home confinement," Carson told East Haven Patch.

He added that neither officer is permitted to travel into East Haven.

'Criminal Intentions'

In their Memorandum In Opposition of Bond Modification submitted to the court — which is included in the gallery that accompanies this article — the federal prosecutors argue that in addition to alleged incidents of civil rights violations "Zullo’s criminal intentions regarding the Latino community are also evidenced in his own words."

The federal prosecutors continue:

Zullo’s criminal intentions regarding the Latino community are also evidenced in his own words. Zullo communicated with other officers, including a co-defendant, by way of car-to-car chats between mobile data terminals in their patrol cars. As set forth in the Indictment, Zullo stated that he “likes harassing [sic] motorist[]” and referred to “persons who have drifted to this country on rafts made of chicken wings and are now residing on Maint [sic] St East Haven.”

The memorandum then includes a graph with brief transcripts of selected portions of those recorded communications between Zullo and Spaulding.

The transcripts, which are included as images in the gallery above, have not yet been played in court.

The federal prosecutors continued their argument against changes to Zullo's home confinement conditions, stating that:

Zullo’s actions and conduct have created fear for members of the Latino community who believed that they were powerless to do anything because the abuse that they suffered was from the very police officers who were sworn to protect them. The car-to-car chats demonstrate that Zullo engaged in conscious and deliberate conduct against a racial minority group that he apparently believed threatened to disrupt social order in the Town of East Haven. Many witnesses have spoken to the Government about their fear of East Haven police officers and the psychological and physical abuse that they have suffered.

'Trumped Up Set of Allegations'

Zullo's defense attorney, Norm Pattis, however, that the charges against his client "look flimsy, like a trumped up set of allegations," and has asked for the case against his client to be dismissed.

Pattis filed the written motion to dismiss the case against Zullo with the court on Feb. 9.

In that motion, the Connecticut-based trial lawyer reportedly wrote that "far from behaving like sober ministers of justice, the prosecution has engaged in the cheap theater of press conferences and name-calling in an effort to forever associate the name 'East Haven' with dark and sinister connotions."

Pattis continued, criticizing federal officials for holding that announced the unsealing of the against the four officers — and the tone and tenor of comments made by federal officials during the media briefing.

"The Justice Department opted to supplement this unsealing with a press boondoggle to highlight it's national campaign against racial profiling," Pattis wrote.

Pattis' remarks in the dismissal echos those he made in a post about the East Haven case on his blog last week, in which he concluded that he fully expects Zullo to eventually walk out of the "courthouse a free man."

ASmith February 16, 2012 at 02:23 AM
These two sound like adolescent bullies. Not paid professionals.
Irishman February 16, 2012 at 04:02 AM
They better have more than this. They should be investigating " Fast & Furious gun scandal" !!!!!
Richard Poulton February 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM
18 U.S.C. 1001 : Outlaws false statements in any matter within the jurisdiction of a federal agency or department. 18 U.S.C. 1621 : Outlaws presenting material false statements under oath in a Federal proceedings. 18 U.S.C. 1622 : Prohibits inducing or procuring another to commit perjury in violation of either section 1621 or 1623. 18 U.S.C. 1623 : Bars presenting material false statements under oath before or ancillary to a Federal court or grand jury. Remember Yadanny Garcia? How many more have done the same. Where is his indictment? And going after those who talked him into making the claim, i.e. section 1622, Yale students, Manship. If the officers are wrong so be it. But the Fed's should not be one sided.
Dan McCann February 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Don Charles February 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Wow these two policemen sounded like they were going to have an all out assault on the latino hispanic population. Is that what I read? NO all I read was a couple of cops chatting about a bar and store etc. IS THAT ALL YOU GOT?? If it is they should be free in no time. This other nonsense that they need electric monitoring is unbelievable. You know who needs electric monitoring The ILLEGALS for being in this country, that's who. Off this subject a bit, but how about that great photo of the biggest troublemaker, agitator, of all, MANSHIP at the settlement news conference of the big bucks paid to a bunch of ILLEGALS on the front page of the Ragister. SHAME SHAME SHAME on the feds who gives the ILLEGALS a free ride and to all those who will push the EH PD under the bus. HOLDER LIED AND PEOPLE DIED FAST AND FURIOUS!!!
Bob Fawkes February 16, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I'm going to take a backseat for the time being in this discussion and let the town imbeciles and bootlickers take center stage. They themselves are proving my point: The racism and ignorance in East Haven is staggering. It is trumped only by the long term political corruption. At the moment, my time is being devoted to a longer blog article I'm writing. Working title: "Taco Joe's Pig Farm - Fear and Loathing in East Haven". Hasta la vista.
Luigi (the original) February 16, 2012 at 01:11 PM
There has yet to be an expletive conceived, that suits you, Jacoffbo without one sounding understated.
Lise Cavallaro February 16, 2012 at 01:34 PM
If you think racism is so rampant, and again, I have lived in EH for over 12 years and have never seen any, and know life-long residents who have never seen any..MOVE OUT. One only needs to read the posts here to see who is ignorant. Let the DOJ try their case and wait for the outcome. Until then, you can't do anything about it.
Don Charles February 16, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Jocobo remember to send us the link for your blog we will be waiting with baited breth so we can all have a good laugh. Generalissimo Maximo Gomez
DonnaR February 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
From the Free-Press Release.com The US police state tightens its grip on you and I. In November of 2011 the unconstitutional Indefinite Detention Bill & National Defense Authorization Act, NDAA - FY2012 (Senate Bill #1867) passed allowing the US police state indefinite detention and torture of Americans. The controversial bill means you will have no rights to a lawyer, a judge or courts, a violation of habeas corpus and the 5th and 6th Amendments (The Bill of Rights). {b]300 FEMA prison camps have already been built!
DonnaR February 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Now, on 2/10/2012 we find the corrupt US Congress has approved (and President Obama the socialist communist Marxist fascist Nazi has signed) a law funding 30,000 DEVIL DRONE UNMANNED AIRCRAFT[.b] for use inside America's boundaries at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security. Bill, HR 658, the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act authorizes the manufacture and deployment of the dreadful spy drones by 2015 again the FreePressRelase
Michelle Petroccio February 16, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Really Jacabo? I just need to say to you and all of the people witho negative comment about our Police Officers "Innocent until Proven Guilty"! If you are so down on East Haven, just move away. You are an angry man. I moved here 9 years ago with my family from an affluent community in Fairfield County where I was born & raised, I have never experienced such warmth as I have here in EH, a wonderful community with good people, police officers, schools and other public servants. We have many fine organizations for our children as well. It is a melting pot of nationalities, creeds, colors & people exercising beliefs and sexual preferences just like everywhere else in the United States of America. It seems to me that most of the Latino families here have blended well into the schools and the work force, made way for new business and nice homes to live in, while at the same time there are those (of all faiths, nationalities and other beliefs) who have true 'chips on thier shoulders'. I have multi racial friends & relatives, those who are bi-sexual, straight, gay, and inter faithed. I have a spanish great nephew, my kids are friends to all, & never raised with blinders on. People who want freedom of living in America need to be bi-lingual, become citizens, get educations, & stop hiding behind prejudices just like my grandparents & the immigrants who came to Ellis Island for freedom and democracy, making America a great country. We all bleed & breath the same. Ignorance is NOT BLISS.
Don Charles February 16, 2012 at 05:05 PM
The comment from Michelle Petroccio was possibly the finest comment ever put on the EH Patch since the Police were being accused and now railroaded. Michelle you sound like a wonderful person and East Haven should be proud to have you as a resident. God Bless You!
Lise Cavallaro February 16, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Amen..that was a great comment Michelle!
Miguel Cardoza February 16, 2012 at 05:33 PM
At least Michelle gets it.
DonnaR February 16, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Michelle Petroccio February 16, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Thank you Don Charles. I am proud to be an EH resident, and protected by our police department as well. I try to be an active member of the community,as I have four children here involved in many things. I appreciate your comment very much.
Michelle Petroccio February 16, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Thanks Lisa, Donna and Miguel.
Ann Della Camera February 17, 2012 at 04:00 AM
You are truly sick "Abuelo" Jocobo, Respect is given to many Latinos living here in East Haven. I have Lation neighbors and latino firend, even they think you are out of your mind, and wish you would just leave town so can find the peace they once had.I really feel that given the title you put in should have been pulled by Julie, its another attempt at name calling. Perhaps the rest you need to take is getting some counsel on human rights. You called me "Old Lady" well it shows you have no repect for your elders. Shame on you !!!
Ann Della Camera February 17, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Michelle, Well said, well done,,,, I could not add one word.
Sonora February 17, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Oc spray stinks. The police spray it on surfaces that victims will either sleep or sit on. This makes the victim smell like dung when they get to court. It is a humiliating and degrading thing to do to a person. Zullo is a sick man.
Sonora February 17, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Michelle, Thank God that you have not been the victim of police brutality because once you have been exposed to the filth they dump on those whom they hate, you will never see the police as heroes again.
Michelle Petroccio February 17, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Sonora, I am sorry you feel that way, and that you or someone you know has had a bad experience.
noname February 18, 2012 at 04:09 PM
TO: DonnaR You are so on it...and this President will have a government take over all the Police Depts in this country. It will be similar to what is going on in EH as well as what has taken place in many towns in other states. When that happens, we will have lost our freedom..hard to believe but true. It's part of the "change" he often mentioned.
DonnaR February 18, 2012 at 06:38 PM
United nations agenda 21 coming to a town near you.
i_wish_i_had_a_brain February 18, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Pamela, The fact that it was even mentioned points to the reality of a pattern and practice of abusive behavior. Don't hunters use oc spray to attract bucks to deer blinds?
i_wish_i_had_a_brain February 18, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Noname, When the feds take over the EHPD, and they will, they took over Madison for less, The racists and the abusers will lose the ability to further tarnish their badges. The community will gain freedom from corruption, terror, and graft.
noname February 19, 2012 at 04:01 AM
TO: I wish I had a brain... I too, wish you had a brain! The community will gain NO freedom, We will not be able to speak , have an attorney,..or representation. We will be told what to do, how to do, when to do! Our freedom will be a "thing" of the past! Is this what our forefathers fought for! Don't think you will hear any of this on the news. The news will tell you nothing of the sort. They are banned from doing so. IF YOU WANTED CHANGE, YOU ARE GOING TO GET IT! WAKE UP. Research on Google re: FEMA Camps, The Attorney General of the US, The head of The Environment Committee in Washington, DC. Research their names..READ DonnaR's statement and please call that number and name and ask them to withdraw that bill...another freedom we will no longer have! This President is taking away our freedom which this country is noted for. He has passed hundreds of bills that will take away so much of our rights. The FEMA camps will await those who do not comply with the rules of "CHANGE"! Research and "THINK"! IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT? It's happening and you are seeing it now...the PO who has yet to be on trial, is bound to his home, will wear a leg brace, is unable to come into EH,,,this my friends is only the beginning. This is not just tatics, IT'S REAL. It will be the same for everyone, no matter what your political preference may be! WE THE PEOPLE, ARE THE ONES WHO NEED TO CHANGE AS TO WHO WILL LEAD US!
Julie Weisberg (Editor) February 19, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Everyone: Reminder to refrain from personal attacks — and to keep focused on the issues and subjects raised in the article at hand. Next step is to shut the thread down from further comments. Thank you.
Secretariat February 22, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Those of you wishing to know about your civil rights when dealing with the police, click on the link below. http://toxiccops.com/category/your-rights


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