[UPDATED] Ex-East Haven Police Officer Gets 30-Month Prison Sentence

Retired East Haven Police Department Officer David Cari will soon serve more than two years in prison for his role in racial profiling within the department.

East Haven Police Department cruiser. Credit: Julie Weisberg
East Haven Police Department cruiser. Credit: Julie Weisberg
UPDATE at 5:15 p.m.

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, weighs in on Cari's sentencing today.  

“David Cari was entrusted to protect the people of East Haven. Instead, he violated that trust by arresting a priest when there was no basis to do so and attempting to cover up that illegal arrest with a false police report," Daly stated in a press release Tuesday. "Today’s sentence is appropriate as corrupt law enforcement cause great harm to the integrity of the legal system.  It is always a sad day when a police officer is sentenced to prison as the vast majority of officers in East Haven and in this country serve honorably and bravely.” 


A federal judge has sentenced former East Haven Police Officer David Cari to 30 months in prison for his role in racial profiling within the department, according to New Haven Register reporter Evan Lips.

The sentencing of fellow former EHPD Officer Dennis Spaulding was expected to come later this afternoon. But it has been postponed until Thursday due to today's winter storm, Lips reported via his Twitter account.

Guilty Verdict

Last October, a jury found Cari and Spaulding guilty of federal charges that they violated the civil rights of Latino residents and others.

The two men were convicted on all charges: conspiracy against civil rights, deprivation of rights for making arrests without probable cause and "obstruction of justice for writing a false police report in the arrest of the Rev. James Manship.

Additionally, Spaulding was charged with using unreasonable force. 

Four Officers Indicted

Cari and Spaulding were among the four East Haven Police officers indicted as part of the U.S. Justice Department's investigation into alleged civil rights violations within the EHPD. Also arrested were Joseph Zullo and John Miller.

Zullo, who changed his plea to guilty, was sentenced to two years in prison in December.

Miller, who also changed his plea to guilty, is expected to be sentenced in February.
Lance Coughlin January 24, 2014 at 04:21 AM
Read the article Aholenes, that's how your boy Lenny operated.
Anti Bigot January 25, 2014 at 12:20 AM
Dave Hausler said "A police officer who swears to uphold the constitution of the United States and violates a person's civil rights is a greater threat to the public than an illegal immigrant. When officers conspire to conceal violations, everyone's liberties are at risk." Couldn't have said it better myself. It's unfortunate, most on this forum don't agree.
Truthful January 25, 2014 at 12:34 AM
Anti Bigot, why exactly is that "unfortunate"? I believe everyone can have their own opinion. And no, I am not supporting him. I did not know him personally but from what I have been told, he was not the kind of police officer I would have gotten along with. I feel bad for his family. Now, here is my question, since the officers who were pursuing the issue of illegal license plate sales have been arrested, charged, convicted, and sent to prison, when will those who were selling license plates be arrested? What is good for one is good for all. You cannot have it both ways and if you are going to charge one side, it is only fair the other be charged as well.
Dave Hausler January 25, 2014 at 02:49 PM
I support the arrest and prosecution of all criminals, legal resident or otherwise. It's just a terrible disgrace and concern when the criminal arrested happens to be a police officer. I encourage anyone with an intelligent opinion to share it publicly, and I snicker when those with less than intelligent opinions lack the awareness to stay silent. "Better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."


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