Capone: DOJ's Findings 'No Surprise'

Former East Haven Mayor April Capone said the results of the federal probe into the East Haven Police bring to light the importance of ensuring everyone's basic civil rights are respected, protected and honored — illegal immigrant or not.

Former Mayor April Capone says the U.S. Department of Justice's findings that members of the and discrimination against Latino residents is an unfortunate, but not unexpected, outcome.

"We knew what the Justice Department was investigating," Capone told East Haven Patch in a phone interview today. "So, it's no surprise."

Capone — who lost last month's re-election attempt by a handful of votes to returning and current Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. — said she was aware of the nature and certain aspects of the Justice Department's investigation, but was not allowed to comment on the case while it was ongoing.

Because of this, she said, others attempted to fill that information gap with "rumors" and false information suggesting that the Justice Department's investigation was not as serious at it was.

"This is very serious... to hear anyone deny this is a problem or an issue with the police department is frightening," Capone said of officers engaging in racial discrimination against Latino residents.

In October,  voted "no-confidence" in then-Mayor Capone, Then-Acting Chief of Police Gaetano Nappi and the town's Board of Police Commissions.

At that time, had more to do with union executives' frustration with her unwillingness to "unconditionally denounce " into rofiling leveled against the department.

"That would be very irresponsible of me to do, to comment on an ongoing investigation," Capone told East Haven Patch following the Oct. 7 vote.

In addition to the legal and moral questions raised by Justice Department's findings, Capone said, there is also the possible significant financial impact that that pattern of discriminatory behavior could end up costing the town.

"This has the potential to cost the taxpayers of East Haven millions and millions of dollars," the former mayor said.

Capone noted that, if the police department and town cooperate and enter into a consent decree with the federal government to implement the remedial measures outlined in the , the legal proceedings and the various steps needed to meet those requirements will have costs associated with each of them

"And you have to pay for that," Capone said of the town and its taxpayers.

If, however, the town and police department do not cooperate and enter into a consent decree with the Justice Department, Capone said the town could face enormous legal fees in fighting what she says can only be a losing battle.

"In the end, the federal government will win," she said, adding that federal authorities could withhold all of the funding it passes along to East Haven, crippling the town financially, until the town complies with a consent decree.

"That's $12 million a year alone in education money," Capone said, adding that there is also the being conducted into the East Haven Police Department by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the related grand jury. 

If there are indictments brought down by the grand jury, that could mean another round of legal costs to the town, and ultimately East Haven tax payers.

"The only ones who win are the lawyers," Capone said of potential legal costs, adding that there is also the and East Haven police officers last fall alleging racial profiling against Latinos residents.

The lawsuit "pretty much alleges" what the Justice Department's investigation found, Capone said.

"And that's just what's existing," she said.

In the end, however, Capone said the crux of the issue brought to light by the Justice Department's report is the importance of the town, and the members of its police department, upholding the law and individual rights as ensured by the U.S. Constitution.

And that those who dismiss reports of the East Haven Police Department's discriminatory practices, because those practices target illegal Latino immigrants, are "missing the point."

"We are all provided with certain civil rights in this country — illegal or not," she said.

paulie italiano December 24, 2011 at 01:03 PM
No Dan the point is that Garcia and YOU lied. Garcias lied and now 3 good men are innocent and that is good. you Dan you lie and poison the minds of those who don't know anybetter you just go around spreading lies like this and that is bad you shouldn't do that. U r going to say oh you source was to blame they just gave you wrong information but your the one who typed and circulate allowing them to lie to the taxpayers just like always. Trying to decieve the people who are going to pay for there mess. U wrote a story so that town hall crooks looked victimized that's crap they did it on purpose and I for one think you did too. It's so plain to see what's going on and that your trying to fool us to benefit the crooks. We all know you hated capone but you will absolutely not be allowed on a public setting to post your stories and assist the crooks that are back in now, the townspeople are enraged about maturos lies and actions and the heavy cost and bad reputation he brings so you really should think twice about circulating lies for them.
Josy Wales December 24, 2011 at 02:14 PM
Paulie italiano hit the target right in the Bull's eye on what Dan McCann has been doing during this article and from what I read, being new in town, he has been doing this right along. What is wrong with you Dan? Why would you corrupt an entire town with your lies, hatred and offensive remarks? Seems like many people are on to you and dislike you for what you are, a liar. I'm going to tell you to get out of town before the police turn their sights on you. The profiling word has been thrown around a lot in this article; maybe you fit the profile of a nut case. Bang Bang !!!!!!!!!!!!
Richard Poulton December 24, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Hay Josy, the last part of your comment sounds like a direct threat to me.
Dan McCann December 24, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Richard I agree. I've taken the post and handed it over to the DOJ's "informational" email. I hope they discover who Josy is now that they have threatened me with BANG BANG...Very smart....Thanks Josy!
Dan McCann December 24, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Paulie....I don't lie and everyone knows that. You don't like it because you're Gene or April follower. I will continue to expose the truth, keep hanging on to that one bit you have because that is all you have. The rest including the Political Profiling is true.
Josy Wales December 24, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Poulton, Being new in town I’ve looked up Dan's profile, he has written some ugly stuff over the past. And it looks like people in town don't like him. I mean either political party, they just don't like him. So I think I just gave him some good old advice to get out of town. Too bad what you read into it, buddy.
Dan McCann December 24, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Yeah ok Josy....Making threats....Nice..... Merry Christmas......Happy New Year
Josy Wales December 24, 2011 at 02:46 PM
LOL, your whole profile is a threat to humanity, you fool. The DOJ already has you under their microscope Pal; it’s only a matter of time. BANG BANG !!!!!!!!!!!
Dan McCann December 24, 2011 at 03:03 PM
This was just submitted to the DOJ....Josy you know that PATCH and THE DOJ will find your I.P. address and when you are discovered it will be my pleasure to press charges of threats and intimidation. Dear Representative of the Department of Justice It seems that my blogs story of “Racial Profiling or Political Profiling What’s the Difference” has inspired a East Haven Patch poster by the name of Josy Wales to make threats against me and I would like something done about it. While I defend the East Haven Police and they are being accused of intimidation and threats of violence I now feel the opposition is now doing the same by trying to discourage me from posting on websites and then following by making what seems to be gun violence to me and telling me to leave Town. I would appreciate you looking into the matter. Thank you, Dan McCann Town of East Haven
paulie italiano December 24, 2011 at 03:07 PM
Real nice Dan sending stuff to doj hopefully this doesn't bring anymore negative to our PD they've been through enough haevnt they. Why don't you just knock it of. You say you don't lie that in itself is a lie.
Dan McCann December 24, 2011 at 03:11 PM
What's the matter? Paulie... Your side doesn't like it when you're being told on? Two can play the game too Paulie. Don't you believe in my Civil Rights or just the illegals? I'm an American Citizen and I have Constitutional Rights to freedom of speech. If you don't like it too bad...I don't lie. Merry Christmas...
paulie italiano December 24, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Dan you are gonna bury the pd further in the public eye what is wrong with you why are you saying they are being accused of threats of violence I never read that anywhere that is not the case. Darn it Dan knock it off. You messed up an article DON'T DRAG THE PD THROUGH THE MUD BC OF IT and give people more to talk about. please man use youre head there anough negative about them don't churn the rumor mill more. this is out of control now
Dan McCann December 24, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Paulie....Who's Josy? Using words like "get out of Town" and BANG BANG...You don't see that? Paulie tell your friend Josy it will be my pleasure to press charges...The lid is coming off and you all will be exposed REAL SOON.
Josy Wales December 24, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Paulie italiano, Dan’s threats are no sweat to me. I think I would like to talk to the big marshals in town about this buffoon. He does not like it when he is called out by an anonymous writer but he has been doing it a long time. I have talked to some people about him and found out he has been barred from Patch more than once. I hope the DOJ calls me soon I have a lot to say about this nut case. I know he sent threatening E-mails to elected people in this town. He will be taken off the streets soon, Bring it on stupid. Bang Bang !!!!!!!!!!
Dan McCann December 24, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Josy, Keep writing I'm collecting the comments and building a case...
Richard Poulton December 24, 2011 at 03:43 PM
What I read into your post is the phrase "bang - bang", which according to CGS 53a-62 can be interputed as an implied threat of violence.
Richard Poulton December 24, 2011 at 03:51 PM
I think it's time for the E.H Patch editor to start taking a good look at the Josy posts. Friday 8:31 AM; 11:11 AM; 8:12 Pm, and on Saturday 9:14 AM; 9:46: and 10:31AM. Blatent implied threats.
paulie italiano December 24, 2011 at 03:52 PM
U no what Dan m u have gone too far you mess up an article and because of it you wack out and send a letter to doj stating things about town cops that iv never read about it stirs trouble for the cops and ads to the rumors they've been fighting. Sometimes less is more dan but you don't get that. Now whatif people start runnin around saying the pd is accused of threats of violence and all that its just another quote not needed. you also want to keep town divided it looks like I'm done talking to u now I really have no respect for u. And yes josey someone needs to fill them in about this loose lipped cannon. don't bother responding Dan bc I won't respond anymore to u maybe I will send letter to doj 2.
Dan McCann December 24, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Paulie....One I never wrote anything about our cops. I defend them. Stop twisting like the Demos in this Town do. I've got the evidence, the DOJ has been informed and very soon the EHPD will have a complaint. Could be the best Christmas present to bust those who lie about our EHPD. Also. I am not a divider but a person whose seeks the truth in Government and you don't like it. Whether you have respect or not I could care less. I welcome you sending anything you want to the DOJ. I have recorded your comments too for the EHPD and DOJ. Cant wait to discover the real names...It's only a matter of time.
Josy Wales December 24, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Dan, Thank you for giving me the idea of using the DOJ to look into who Rosie and Luigi are. As long as we are now using the Feds to look up anonymous people on Patch, why not. You really are a nut case. LOL. Bang Bang !!!!!!!
Patrick Madley December 24, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Everyone, We need to stay on the topic of the article. If you have personal issues, please take them up somewhere else. Thank you. And also, do not drag the police department, Republicans, or Democrats into this story because there are good and bad people in all those groups and to stereotype the whole group wouldn't be right.
Jorgee Rivas December 24, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Get em, Dan everyone should think a little before they write it , now maybe the will Merry Christmas
Dan McCann December 24, 2011 at 07:05 PM
East Haven Police Case # 11-16793......Merry Christmas Josy.....
A December 25, 2011 at 01:51 AM
do you really think the DOJ has time to look into a blog that is so irrelevant to everything. really????
CitizenVoice December 25, 2011 at 02:50 AM
Wow... just peaked in to see if there were intelligent life forms about. Are you people kidding me?? This blog reads like a grammar school boys bathroom wall. You all sound like you've had a little too much Christmas cheer. I guess Julie is too busy tonite to monitor this sand box. Do yourselves a big favor and get some sleep
Anthony M December 25, 2011 at 04:55 AM
Where is she now? Now that the truth is out. Why would she comment anyway. Nothing but slander and bad politics. Shame on you all. Happy to say i told you so.
Peter T. Cianelli December 25, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Good going Dan...... some of the writers are cowards & patch continues to allow this Bull.... !!!!
Rosie December 26, 2011 at 04:53 AM
Why are you even slightly interested in me?? I have never ever commented on one of your ridiculous, obnoxious posts. Or have I??? Perhaps a different name?? Whatever, knock yourself out. I am sure the DOJ gives a crap about the EH Patch. Why don't you get yourself a life, buddy. Have a nice day. (See how easy this is...no threats.)
Patrick Madley December 26, 2011 at 08:27 PM
Where is who now?
Kevin Cavallaro December 28, 2011 at 05:58 AM
All I can say is at least some of the people here have the guts to use thier real name when commenting,I mean come on if you are going to talk smack at least have the nerve to use your real name if you want to be taken seriously.


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