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Former East Haven Police Officer Spaulding Sentenced to Five Years

Ex-East Haven Police Officer Dennis Spaulding was sentenced to five years in federal prison for criminal civil rights violations.

East Haven Police Department cruiser. Credit: Julie Weisberg
East Haven Police Department cruiser. Credit: Julie Weisberg
Former East Haven Police Officer Dennis Spaulding was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison for his role in racial profiling within the department, according to New Haven Register reporter Evan Lips.

The sentence comes two days after fellow ex-EHPD Officer David Cari was sentenced to 30 months in prison in the same federal case. 

Spaulding was scheduled to receive his sentence Tuesday as well, but the hearing was postponed due to the winter storm.

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.
Larry T Del Buco January 25, 2014 at 01:18 AM
How do you know this?
J D C January 25, 2014 at 09:43 AM
I can see why somebody that names them self "anti bigot" would spew the crap that they do but HOPING, LAUGHING and making light of ANYBODY getting brutally assaulted sexually crosses the line. THAT along with talking about the guys WIFE makes me hope that karma and Dr. John pay you ALL a visit. Or that somebody save ALL this and hand it over to him or his familia for a later date. You humanoids act like this dude was a scientist at Auschwitz or WORSE! Good luck to ya you'll need it.
Lance Coughlin January 27, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Larry I know this because Nappi supported efforts in the streets to combat crime whereas gallo focused on his personal power grab and taking care of his buddies and yes men. I'm talking about the 1990's here, I witnessed it all firsthand.
Anti Bigot February 04, 2014 at 10:58 AM
J D C, you sound as if you're talking from experience. Ouch!
J D C February 04, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Wow, serious comeback.. Did you think that up all by yourself?

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