[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 22, 2014 at 02:18 PM
It's not a threat Maggie may its a promise
CAjones January 22, 2014 at 03:04 PM
That's funny tough guy, then when you're in jail for assault you'll really have something to blame Gallo for....LOL
Lance Coughlin January 22, 2014 at 03:25 PM
In case you haven't noticed I'm not one of the former cops going to jail, but a lot of guys that were dumb enough to join "team Lenny" are.
CAjones January 22, 2014 at 03:37 PM
Try keeping your lame "promise" and you will be.....
Richard Poulton January 22, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Not going to respond to Lance or his issues with Gallo. WE all know enough about that anyway. But I wish I could present one question to the Feds' involved in this high crime investigation. Why don't they use the same energy used in investigating the EHPD and enforce all of the laws of the land, one being immigration and those illegally in this country. Who or what are they afraid of? Are the Fed's afraid of the Yale law students? Are they afraid of Manship? Why isn't that illegal Mexican thrown out yet, you know the one caught 4 times prior to this last incident, the one being protected by Yalies. This my friends is the real problem. Gutless FBI.
Maggie Mae January 22, 2014 at 05:42 PM
You're right Richard, what are they afraid of?
Maggie Mae January 22, 2014 at 05:43 PM
And Lance, a promise? Same as a threat. Why don't you lose your hatred, enough is enough,
Dave Hausler January 22, 2014 at 07:57 PM
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.
CAjones January 23, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Based on the evidence presented in court justice has been served. Now maybe the DOJ and the Federal government can devote some resources and start securing our borders and keep unlicensed, illegal aliens from running around our town. If they only put the horse before the cart in the first place perhaps the bad judgement these officers displayed, would not have happened. The priorities of this liberal government are as apparent as they are sickening.
Richard Poulton January 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM
We have another illegal entry just apprehended - this time by the Clinton PD. Appears to be a big drug dealer. Found with numerous ID's. Numerous felony priors some involving guns. Guess what - this is the forth time caught illegally in this country. Illegal from Brazil so I guess this means he will be deported, again. If he was Mexican the Yalies will be all over him trying to keep in this country. If he was from Hond. or Equr, Father Manship would be crying the blues to have him freed. What a country!
Lance Coughlin January 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Hey cajones, or should I call you no cajones since you post anonymously? Maybe if gallo and two other agencies properly addressed a motor vehicle accident involving an officer and another occupied vehicle years ago this might not have happened. The street supervisor was Lenny's golden child. Lenny did what he could to pave the way for this kid to rise in the ranks, and that included giving a hard time to other department members, driving them off the force by making their lives miserable in some instances. gallo owns this whole Mess. Back in the day I'd guess that half the people I arrested in criminal investigations were Hispanic when they only represented a percentage much less than half population wise in east haven. That would make me an easy target for profiling allegations right? WRONG. the difference is I called the Feds regularly to either assist in the arrest or question arrestees later to try to take it to the next level. Plus my investigations led me to them and they just happened to be hispanic. And when criminals of all races and ethnicities kept reading in the paper and hearing in the street that Staven 5-0 was getting people riding dirty left and right they were less likely to come to town. And if it were simply a matter of an illegal driving a car with no license and no insurance ect there was a simple way to deal with that. Don't write a ticket, just call for a tow truck. I knew that there was no way to tell who these illegals were, which is why the warrant drawer was filled with failure to appear on mv charges for foreigners. So rather than clog up the files under fake named I would just have the car towed. They lucked out because they didn't get hauled in to jail, they merely got their car towed which would have happened either way. But the 100 bucks for the tow was enough to make them avoid east haven, and they told their friends so they too avoided east haven. There was a vote of no confidence in gallo and it was overwhelming against gallo, and this vote was taken after a bunch of us that REALLY hated gallo left. As big as a dick that nick pasture was he was right about one thing, Lenny gallo. There was no illegal immigrant problem before gallo, even though new haven had one. Gallo is the reason for this mess. Years of duke and several years of Crisculo, a great chief- no major problems. Gallo comes along and 10 percent of the patrol goes down on federal charges. It isn't coincidence.
CAjones January 23, 2014 at 01:47 PM
I still think you give Gallo Too much credit. For what you consider his part in these cops using questionable judgement. Regardless. Gallo is gone, those accused of violating rights are being dealt with.... For better or worse it's time to move forward and fix what's broke... Stop the childish blame game and talk about making things better..... Your political views are similarly to the right as my own, not withstanding this vendetta you are on. I would be willing to meet over a coffee and discuss these matters and more. Anytime you'd like.......
Lance Coughlin January 23, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Sounds good
Lance Coughlin January 23, 2014 at 04:20 PM
And let me add that while it would be nice to simply "move on" it isn't possible because the taxpayers still have to pay for the consent decree that has the Feds up the departments ass with a stick, and the taxpayers still have to pay off manship and the "aggrieved" Latinos. On top of the other 12 million dollar verdict the town has to pay for conduct that took place under gallo's watch. And maturo even tried to bring gallo back, which in my opinion hurt the cops facing charges because basically taco joe was thumbing his nose at the Feds. I'll say the same thing now that I said on a microphone in front of over a hundred people at a signal four fundraiser for flodquist after gallos first month as chief: Fuck Lenny Gallo.
Lance Coughlin January 23, 2014 at 04:53 PM
5 years. Ouch. Lenny should put his pension checks from Staven in the kids commissary account every month
CAjones January 23, 2014 at 05:01 PM
Number one.... The adolescent name calling needs to stop.. Secondly Gallo was only brought back so he could bow out. Neither Maturo nor Capone had enough on him to fire him. If Capone could have fired him she certainly would have. So now you're saying you had no respect for Gallo from the start... He must have really put a big one up your back end. It's over now, and what's done is done. The lawsuits are nothing new and our town will survive any settlements. I'm sorry you don't see it was the dime dropper in the last administration that caused most of what we've seen this past two years. Based on your distain for Gallo, I'd bet you gave Hongo the number to call..
Lance Coughlin January 23, 2014 at 05:16 PM
I don't even know who hongo is. And gallo should have been canned when he tampered with personnel files. And when they dogged that poor WWII vet that had the misfortune of being an accident victim with a certain someone's wife.
Lance Coughlin January 23, 2014 at 05:16 PM
And adolescent name calling? You hypocrite, you called me a loser, anonymously nonetheless. Lol.
CAjones January 23, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Yeah, my calling you a loser was ONLY in response to your name calling ...... Besides doesn't being called an ambulance chaser top "loser"? ....LOL
CAjones January 23, 2014 at 05:25 PM
I really got to talk to you about a case though, do you handle employment laws?
Lance Coughlin January 23, 2014 at 07:19 PM
I don't but you should call Paul liquori he had an employment law car against Lenny gallo which I heard cost the east haven taxpayers six figures. I encourage all of you to read the article, evidently gallo tried to frame a World War II veteran. Nice guy that Lenny gallo. http://articles.courant.com/2007-08-04/news/0708040147_1_gallo-s-attorney-complaint-age-discrimination
Lance Coughlin January 23, 2014 at 07:21 PM
I think party cofransesco and roger Calistro handled the case not sure though. Roger is a great lawyer I don't really know patty.
Kristy Turcio Porter January 23, 2014 at 07:33 PM
I do have a Gallo question, though. If he is co-conspirator #1, when is he going to get arrested?
CAjones January 23, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Lance I am starting to think this obsession you have with Gallo goes beyond normal or healthy. I'm willing to bet you have a room in your house dedicated to this endeavor, pictures and all. Have you been visiting any Caribbean islands for vacation and to brush up on your voodoo?... Seriously seek help.
Lance Coughlin January 23, 2014 at 08:09 PM
I get texts and messages every day from a lot of people who worked for lenny who feel exactly the same way about him
CAjones January 23, 2014 at 08:32 PM
Are you sure these are not just voices in your head..... LOL OK Lance you keep ranting and I'll keep calling you on it. Goodnight for now.
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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