Maturo: Town 'Trying to Avoid a Lawsuit by the Department of Justice'

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr discusses his office's talks with the U.S. Department of Justice following the federal indictment of four East Haven Police officers.

As talks between the U.S. Department of Justice and the continues, . says his office is doing all it can to keep the negotiations out of court.

"I'm trying to avoid a lawsuit by the Department of Justice," Maturo told reporters during Tuesday's the first of 10 of 25 volunteers to serve on the committee that will assist in developing the job specifications for a new permanent police chief.

"It's very expensive, if that happened. It could cost the town millions of dollars — the Department of Justice or not — they're there," the Mayor said.

Consent Decree

The Mayor's Office has been working with the Department of Justice to draft a consent decree agreement following t late last year.

In the letter, Justice Department officials reported its civil investigation found the had engaged in "a pattern or practice of discrimination against Latinos."

Additionally, as a result of the DOJ's parallel criminal investigation, four East Haven Police officers for alleged civil rights violations of Latino residents, as well as others.

The consent decree, as outlined in the , would serve as a legal road map for the two sides in reforming the East Haven Police Department.

"Given the longstanding and deeply-rooted nature of the violations outlined in this letter, effective, sustainable resolution will require the development of a comprehensive written agreement along with federal judicial oversight," Justice Department officials stated in their findings letter.

The officials added that the "the remedial measures we outline in this letter will not only assist the EHPD to comply with the Constitution and federal law, but will also improve public safety and building community trust and confidence."

'To Ensure Compliance'

If the Mayor's Office, however, is unable to reach an agreement with the DOJ, the federal agency could decide to sue the town in court to force it comply with its preferred steps for reforming the police department.

"The Attorney General may initiate a lawsuit… to ensure compliance with the Constitution and federal law and protect individuals from further unlawful conduct," Justice Department officials stated in its findings letter.

The DOJ added that the federal government may also decide "to suspend or terminate certain federal funding if the Town does not voluntarily address civil rights violations."

"We seek to avoid either litigation or funds termination by entering into a binding, court-enforceable agreement," the federal officials stated.

Because of this, Maturo said the talks between the two sides continue.

"We want to be able to get to a point where we don't have that threat of a lawsuit and we have one of the best police departments in the state of Connecticut," Maturo said.

Meeting with DOJ

that Town Attorney Joseph Zullo, along with another of the town's legal representatives Hugh Keefe, "had just come back from" a meeting with officials from the U. S. Justice Department.

As Maturo continued to talk to reporters about the meeting, however, Zullo interrupted the mayor, asking him to cut his comments short "in the interest of confidentiality."

Maturo did as the town attorney advised, adding only: "so far we're on the right road, let me say that."

When asked the status of the negotiations between the town and the department, the DOJ confirmed the discussions were ongoing but declined further comment.

"But we continue to work with the Town of East Haven to reach a mutually-agreeable resolution to our investigation," Wyn Hornbuckle, an official with the DoJ's public affairs, stated in an email to East Haven Patch.

Luigi (the original) June 27, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Be Proud if you like, I could care less. I wasn't referring to you. Unless you were one of those rats and pigeons responsible for putting East Haven in this fix with the DOJ. Just to serve your party agenda, and using Latino's for the bait. When people look back on this (and they will) years from now, it will all be perfectly clear who the real villains in this, "proud Democrat".
Bob Fawkes June 27, 2012 at 05:04 PM
The only pigeons and rats are those under threat of indictment or already under arrest. These stool pigeons and sneaky rats are even now, turning on each other at the drop of a dime in order to save their own mangy hides. Born losers, all of them. The unfortunate result of this is that the good people of East Haven, the law abiding taxpayers, will bear the brunt of this mess that "Taco" Joe Maturo foisted on us with his hiring of the disgraced dog catcher Len Gallo. The buck ultimately leads to and stops with Joe Maturo. He can duck but he can't hide. Now, more than ever, Taco Joe must go!
Luigi (the original) June 27, 2012 at 05:08 PM
More Horse manure from our resident SOCIALIST..... and SHILL.
Bob Fawkes June 27, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Cocaine is a powerful drug Luigi. It is suggested that if you partake of same, you refain from your verbal outbusts as they get out of hand very easily and contribute nothing to the disussion at hand and your postings can be viewed by some (not myself) as "threatening". (I view them with amusement; as though you are here to amuse me.) You may act like a bully but you've proven to me to lack a pair. To me, you are nothing more than a clown and a shill yourself. Look in the mirror. Connect the dots: BAD COPS caused this problem. BAD COPS who were supervised by Gallo. Gallo who was hired by Maturo. There is no way out of this mess except through Maturo. Maturo must go!
noname June 27, 2012 at 05:37 PM
JACOB ARBENZ, I now see thru you...if you are the former town attorney, you might have given yourself away with your last paragraph!
Dan McCann June 27, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Luigi (the original) June 27, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Only a FOOL would read anything "threatening" in what I wrote. (but then again, look who I'm addressing). You are really funny too.....with these "dots" of yours, considering how few indictments have been handed down. Very likely the entire case has plateaued. With no one currently involved "dropping a dime" on anyone else. And why, because there is NO one to drop any dimes on...... Here's the "dots" I've seen.... A few years back, Capone wanted all remnants of the last administration banished from her world, she started with boards and commissions, but all the while had the Chief in her cross-hairs..... Someone heard about the aggressive policing of the "illegals" on Main Street and PUFF..... an idea is conceived. A certain "right hand man" in the Capone administration starts the ball rolling, a couple of phone calls later and we got us a full scale federal onslaught...... nice job. (These are the "rats and pigeons" I am referring to). Like I said, when all is said in done, years from now, everyone will know. They'll know just who were the rats, the shills and the villains. Maybe by then, they'll even know who you are. P.S. I don't need or do any drugs.
Bob Fawkes June 27, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Bad cops don't deserve a "fighting chance" Mr. McGann. Bad Cops deserve to rot in jail for the crimes they committed and for the shame they brought to our good town. To hell with the lot of them.
Bob Fawkes June 27, 2012 at 06:41 PM
"Aggressive policing of illegals", is that all it was? Yes, that will fly over well with a jury once the testimony of fellow police officers and indisputable video is presented as evidence. And when the "rats" start pointing fingers at ech other, it's katy by the door. I can't believe you actually have the balls to call me a socialist while condoning the gestapo tactics of Miller and his goon squad.
Bob Fawkes June 27, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Let me ask you a question Mr "noname". You have skin in the game? You stand to lose much if Taco Joe Maturo resigns or is arrested? Do you?
Bob Fawkes June 27, 2012 at 07:18 PM
The heat is on. Who knows where the ongoing investigation leads. Go get them Fed's. Root out these thieving, lying cavones. Follow the money...
noname June 27, 2012 at 09:23 PM
@ Jacobo Arbenz: The paragraph I speak of is the very first one you wrote in the column above regarding Mayor Maturo and the former Chief Gallo. I do believe that everyone is given a fair chance when they have their day in court. Perhaps your choice of bad should be towards the Attorney General who may be found in contempt of court for allowing the sale of nearly 2,000 firearms to the Mexican drug cartels...2 of these guns were found at the murder scene of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry! Yet, Mr. Holder has not held anyone accountable and his sworn testimony has been repeatedly contradicted by memos and his administration has misled Congress and much more. His credibility has been destroyed! This is the person who has bought shame to all people as the Attorney General of the United Stated who has failed to protect voter rights of men and women in uniformand their families and also gave clemency to 16 known terrorists despite rejections from the FBI! Write to Washington and repeat your statements and vindictiveness for Holder who deserves your comments of thievery, lying, shame and for the many acts he committed while ignoring the advice of 7 CIA directors! Don't prejudge these young police officers until they have their day...you don't know what the outcome will be. As for your questions of me...I have nothing to gain! I am a supporter of Mayor Maturo and I vote the person and not the machine!
Luigi (the original) June 27, 2012 at 10:13 PM
It's not about what we call it, it's about what this situation can't be called. That is, some big "conspiracy". That my "redistribution of wealth" Socialist friend is what really sticks in your craw. You can toss out all the fancy accusations and testicular references you wish, but that doesn't change the facts. So spew your "conjecture" until the cows come home, we shall see what the outcome is soon enough. Oh and by the way, thankfully the voters already ferreted out most of the "cavones" in the last election. Clamroll Capone is gone...... and Taco Joe is in the house. ( get over it, loser.)
Angels Among Us June 28, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Accountability being the operative word here. Ultimately who is responsible, accountable for the actions of men who bullied because of bias. It has always been a perception of people who do not live in East Haven that it is a racially/ethnically biased community perpetuated by what you refer to as Cavones; a term used by Italian Americans to describe someone who is disrespectful, has no class or no couth. My 70 year old Aunt remembers a time when a girls hair was set on fire for being Jewish. So it is not just limited to Latino's from Ecuador or Blacks from New Haven. It seems that the schoolyard bullies have grown but not grown up. Is this what we want our children to see? That Archie Bunker is alive and well and living in East Haven. For people who appear to be smart.... your ignorance is blatant. It does not matter what political party you belong to, the objective is to make the town a better place to live in. We are a laughing stock and I hope you know that it is because of you.
Patrick Madley June 28, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I believe the right steps are being taken here to make the town a better place. I urge all of you who like to argue, to put your politics aside.
Ann Della Camera June 28, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Patirck I agree, the town is slowly getting its good name back, people that do nothing but whine and bring up things that have yet to be settled cause the towns bad name. If you are not happy here comlplainers, if you don't like the town, pack you bags call the moving truck and leave. I think Joe is doing a good job at this point. Also, you are innocent until proven guilty, since no one has been proven guilty. let it go and let the people who handle it do their job.
Bob Fawkes June 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM
@ Angels Among Us, I couldn't agree with you more. The Archie Buckers of East Haven refuse to consider themselves racists in any why, shape or form. I have lived among them for over 40 years now and I see how they are. There are many good decent Italian people here in East Haven. Then there are others (the ignorant Archie Bunker types) who, when speaking of others among themselves in their native language they routinely utter terms such as "chooch", "fenook", "mulignon", "spostata", "puzzi", "scecco", "stunade", "tit zoon", "ja mook", "umbatz". They actually think themselves better than all other nationalities and ethnic groups. I don't know why but it seems to be a trait that is passed down from generation to generation. Until these Archie Bunkers get it through their thick heads that they did not invent Spaghetti, they did not discover America, and when they finally realize that they are no better or worse then any Ecuadoran or African, this latent racism will continue to simmer under the surface. Nobody is moving anywhere so get off of your high horses and learn to get along with your fellow man.
Lise Cavallaro June 28, 2012 at 01:28 PM
It's not just in East Haven. It's in every town.
Lise Cavallaro June 28, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I agree Ann. How much longer can people keep saying "taco Joe"? That was months ago.
Let them do their research and discover what a really wonderful guy Christopher Columbus was.
Lisa June 28, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Gee Mr. Hoff, If Colombus was such a monster why does the US Dept Of education have him portayed as a hero in all of our childrens history books and approved lesson plans........The government would never lie to us for there own personal agenda would they? I mean if the government says it, and the media reports it then it must be true.....right?
Angels Among Us June 28, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Lisa, Ask any Native American how they feel about Christopher Columbus.... I personally feel that he was a rapist of a nation. Also as far as the government and media, they have their own agenda for personal gain. Lots of "Holier than Thou" attitude that is pointless and ignorant. God did not intend for his children to fight against each other, they do it because they think they are right and just and do it for personal gain. With all the climatic changes, don't you think that we will be seeing what Noah saw?
Bob Fawkes June 28, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Let me expound a bit regarding my post above about the "Archie Bucker Types". As I said, many East Haven Italians are good solid people, salt of the earth types; the best friends and neighbors one could possibly have. I wouldn't trade my Italiain neighbors in a million years and they are not the ones I speak of. The bad apples, the "Archie Bunkers" are the ones I refer to as the lowlife trash that ruin our town. They and their latent racism and their unquestioned support of criminal activity in all forms big and small, are a blight on our town. They are the ones who should pack up their bags and leave.
ASmith July 01, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Glurp glurp glurp. Yup I jes heard another one of ole Joe's silly campaign promises goin spiraling down that ole drain of his. First the 17% tax roll back blew away with the wind, now he is makin pretty with the FBI/DOJ cause no way are they leavin town, wonder what is next on the list of empty fool hardy promises of his. Need to change his name to Mayor Joke, not Mayor Joe.
CAjones July 02, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Wee Howdeee...... Dat's FUNNY Smitty ..... funny cuz it ain't the "ole drain" you go a spiraling down on, when you make that very same sound........... Glurp glurp glurp. Asmith Sandusky
Former-resident-who-grewup July 03, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Most of the east haven police have been dirt-bags to everyone for years. They treat everyone equally., From the top down they act like punks. They are disrespectful and and threaten with arrest and or warrant everyone, when they are questioned. But I suppose that is not the defense they were seeking. Good God. Get east Havens good name back.. You have to go back to the 1930's. East Haven has always been Staven,. the leather jacket Guido type home. . East Haven makes Bridgeport look good. . . .
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