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East Haven Pays $450,000 to Settle Civil Rights Claims

Mayor says settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing

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East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. said Monday that despite the town settling alleged civil rights violations against the Police Department for $450,000 it is in now way an “admission of wrongdoing,” the New Haven Register reports. 

Maturo in a statement says the settlement is important for the healing process to continue, the Register reports. 

The East Haven Police Department has been under scrutiny for years for alleged civil rights violations against Hispanic residents and business owners. 

The suit, which dates back to 2010, alleges 22 East Haven police officers intentionally tried to drive Hispanics from the town through discrimination and intimidation, the New Haven Register reports. 

The town also agrees to limit questioning about a person's immigration status, the East Haven Courier reports. 
Richard Poulton June 09, 2014 at 12:53 PM
I think this is disturbing that 22 PO's were deemed wrong without having any evidence against them proving such, nor were they ever given the oppurtunity to defend themselves and be found guilty by a preponderance of evidence. Yes, statements were made this pay-off proves nothing such as any guilt. Yes, 4 were found as such and are paying the price. But they went to court, the others haven't but in the eyes of the public they are now just as guilty. As far as I am concerned this is the typical deep-pockets case. Bring suit and settle. I will bet that not one PO can be named, all just ID'ed as John or Jane Doe.
Flowers June 09, 2014 at 01:51 PM
I agree Richard. This whole thing is disturbing. By suing the Town and achieving a favorable settlement it implies the town's police dept was at fault and somehow conspired against Hispanics.
Chip Brainerd June 09, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Lets see how excited the shop owner ,who was on TV tonight , is next year when HIS taxes go up too...
Mike Liso June 10, 2014 at 12:28 PM
As usual, The rag paper on it's editorial page blasted the Mayor for not apologizing. The statements he made were politically correct. He stated that now we will move on. The rag paper has always blasted the Republican party and always praised the Democratic party, so what does that tell you. It's a BIASED LIBERAL newspaper that should be kept in the bathroom in case you run out of Charmin.
DonnaR June 11, 2014 at 09:37 PM
Come here illegally, open a shop that sells license illegal license plates, not to mention the transfer of US currency out of the country, cry to your padre who just happens to be there the day PD tries to remove said illegal plates, and proceeds to entice a confrontation With PD. For this you will be given Legal status by our (in)Justice Department AND 50,000 US dollars to send back to YOUR country. What a place this America, no wonder they are sending their children here in bulk.

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