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[UPDATED at 1pm] Department to Report Its Findings into East Haven Police

Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut will hold a press conference today at 1 p.m. to discuss the Department of Justice’s findings.

Update at 1 p.m.

DOJ finds East Haven Police "engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against Latinos in violation of Constitution & federal law, according to DOJ briefing document for press. More to follow after press conference begins

Original Story (10:30 a.m.)

Roy L. Austin Jr., Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, and David B. Fein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, will hold a press conference today at U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Haven at 1 p.m. today to discuss the Department of Justice’s findings in the pattern or practice investigation involving the East Haven Police Department. 

The  has been the subject of a  and a U.S. Department of Justice inquiry into allegations of racial profiling and police brutality against Hispanic residents.

In addition, the department has also been the target of a .

East Haven Patch will be at this afternoon's press conference in New Haven, providing updates through our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Richard Poulton December 19, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Julie, either way this turns out, get ready to delete the comments. There will be an explosion like never seen before in regards to any other story. Keep a watchfull eye.
CitizenVoice December 19, 2011 at 04:44 PM
Unless comments are laced with profanity or strong personal attacks or threats using a person's real name, why delete them? Is one person's opinion as to whether a comment is appropriate or inappropriate relative to open discussion? This seems awfully petty.
Richard Poulton December 19, 2011 at 04:57 PM
I was referring to the first part of your comment, such as the personal attacks that will come out and you know they will. Opinions are just fine.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) December 19, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Sorry for the formatting issue with my update. It reads: DOJ finds East Haven Police "engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against Latinos in violation of Constitution & federal law," according to briefing documents officials provided to reporters. More to follow after press conference.
max December 19, 2011 at 06:17 PM
http://www.standupamericaus.org/homeland-security/do-the-right-thing-face-retaliation-doj-whistleblowers/ http://www.mediaite.com/online/will-doj-black-panther-case-whistleblower-story-break-mainstream/ http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/weekly-updates/33-racism-holder-justice/ If you only read one link, read the third one. The DOJ is being investigated for corruption themselves. They shouldnt be able to conduct investigations until there books are clear. They throw stones and live in a huge glass house.
Richard Poulton December 19, 2011 at 06:43 PM
I read about this much earlier and is a little scary, referring to the 3rd piece. On another note though, lets reverse the roles. Minority P.O. stops cars, over and over again, conducting various M/V investigations, and the occupants are white. Can it be shown that the minority officer is profiling white drivers? When there is one group of people in constant violation(s) of the state's laws, and that group just happens to be in the minority of the population, how is that profiling? I guess law enforcement is suppose to turn a blind eye to any violation observed in the course of their duty because a driver is a latin. I don't know why anyone would want to go into law enforcement these days!
CitizenVoice December 19, 2011 at 06:54 PM
THAT'S funny. So, to follow your logic, we can all return to good, old-fashioned lawlessness. Will anyone's books in government ever be "clear?" Somehow, I just don't think so.
Pete Brennan December 19, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Rich: You hit the nail right on the head.
Dr. Drea December 19, 2011 at 07:42 PM
You guys are really stretching....oh wait, weren't you cops?? The facts are the facts and now hopefully the racists cops will be brought to justice. It is about time!! If not, who do the EHP target next, blondes, brunettes, blue eyed women?? Or maybe whoever they don't happen to like that particular day.
Dr. Drea December 19, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Maturo - you created this mess - so glad you are there as it all hits the fan!! LOL! Or maybe you've already left for Florida?!
Pete Brennan December 19, 2011 at 08:21 PM
To the dr: How bout they target the ones breaking the law. Oh thats right. They did and they pulled the race card as they have for so many years. SOS just a new generation of trash at the dump.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) December 19, 2011 at 08:38 PM
FYI: Here is the latest update, which includes the full findings letter http://patch.com/A-p7lz I'll have additional comments and video from this afternoon's press conference posted later today.
Lise Cavallaro December 19, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Basically the letter says..the EHPD needs to do better and develop and update policies and procedures. What a waste of taxpayer money. I would still like to know, of the people stopped for traffic violations, how many were guilty.
Ivanna D. Truth December 19, 2011 at 10:39 PM
I can't believe Maturo actually went on the News and tried to blame the previous administration as this "mostly happened" while she was Mayor. Someone get that man a calendar. Read the whole report, and tell me Gallo's fit to lead a dept and doing his job. Then tell me a bunch on these guys don't deserve to be in handcuff's. Hell they tried to intimidate the feds! Imagine what they're doing to citizens.
Lance Coughlin December 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Definition of meGALLOmania 1 : a mania for great or grandiose performance 2 : a delusional mental disorder that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur
CitizenVoice December 20, 2011 at 01:09 AM
I've lived in East Haven for 25 years. I can't believe that man, Maturo, actually went on camera with that BS. Mayor Capone did exactly the right thing by putting Chief Gallo on leave. She was privy to a lot of facts about this case but was not allowed to speak about it. The problem with the PD did NOT start during her administration. It was rampant during the 10 years Maturo was mayor and the "Good Ol' Boys" used to joke about it (remember the T-shirts?) Who does he think he's kidding? The republicans effectively used this issue during the last campaign, pitting the EHPD supporters (the factless) against Mayor Capone. Well, now they got what they wanted. They certainly succeeded at putting East Haven on the map for having the most uninformed, gullible electorate in the state who put this backward, ignorant and racist administration back in office. It should get real interesting from here on. God help us.
Carol Massaro December 20, 2011 at 04:37 PM
The one thing that I don't quite understand is, if the majority of the traffic stops occurred during the 4 - 12 p.m. shift, how does the officer have any idea as to who he is pulling over, since it's more than likely, already dark.
Rosie December 20, 2011 at 04:47 PM
You are correct Carol. It is so easy now a days to play the race card. And everyone falls for it. Maybe we should all try it, after all, white is a race.

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