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.
Lance Coughlin January 24, 2014 at 04:24 AM
Larry T Del Buco January 24, 2014 at 04:29 AM
I'm very conflicted by this entire episode. My loyalties lie with both sides........
Foxon Resident January 24, 2014 at 05:52 AM
A friend shared this last night, This cop was doing his job! https://www.facebook.com/spaulding3030/posts/10153763083245374
maria tonelli January 24, 2014 at 08:19 AM
maria tonelli January 24, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Thanks for the post, Lance. How do we stop the bleeding? I'm told Gallo is laughing all the way to the bank as well as the golf course in the warmer weather. We are all struggling to stay afloat in this dreadful economy. having my tax dollars go toward paying off these lawsuits is pathetic, while Gallo collects pensions from not one but two towns?! His pension from EH should be revoked.
Lance Coughlin January 24, 2014 at 08:54 AM
I'm afraid there is no way to stop the bleeding the voters of east haven put maturo back in despite the fact that joe is the one who brought that unethical hack gallo to east haven, and then brought gallo back again!
Joanne January 24, 2014 at 09:58 AM
What does it say about our town when even the defense lawyer throws the mayor and his lackey under the bus? Disgusting. Too bad these cops couldn't think for themselves and decide right from wrong without a couple of idiots directing them?
Mike Liso January 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Instead of bashing the PD and the Town Hall for political reasons, maybe we as residents should band together and not make OUR Town the laughing stock of the media. And Lance,if bashing the Town Hall and Gallo is that important to you, that's sad. And yes, this is my real name, easy to find in the phone book.
Lance Coughlin January 24, 2014 at 01:18 PM
It's not about political reasons mike it's about right and wrong. Gallo has cost the town millions upon millions with his intentional acts and terrible leadership and supervision. The town has to now roll out the red carpet to illegal immigrants, and the police department is in shreds. Thats common sense reasons. Gallo ended the police careers of many good cops because quite frankly he is a pompous arrogant asshole. He selectively disciplined cops to try and drive them off the force while turning a blind eye to unlawful acts by members of his "team" on the police department. And he committed his share of unlawful acts as chief as well. The personnel file tampering, and the other thing the I linked above. Tell me mike, if you were chief would you tell your cops to blame an innocent guy in an accident because the offending operator was a friend if yours?
Mike Liso January 24, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Lance, I retired from the FD a long time ago and things were alot different then.I know you were a former Police Officer and respect your opinions on things. As a matter of fact the Chief of the PD was Duke. And I as the Drill Instructor for the FD worked with Insp.Konesky and Chief Nappi. I just don't want the media to keep on bashing our Town.
Lance Coughlin January 24, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Duke was great chief as was Criscuolo. I always liked inspector Nappi as as well. Had he been appointed chief over gallo we would have kicked some serious ass and seized a lot if money. Oh well.
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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