It's going to be a busy night for the Board of Police Commissioners tonight.
The commission holds its next regularly scheduled meeting at the tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. (the agenda is posted in the gallery that accompanies this article).
In addition to requesting Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. of East Haven Police Chief — in an attempt to prevent the top cop from collecting retirement benefits from the town — commissioners also intend to recommend the mayor disband the newly formed LEARN () Committee.
The committee, which includes Gallo and Maturo, was formed last month by the mayor, following the release of the U.S. Justice Department's that several officers engaged in of Latino residents.
"The purpose of the committee is to serve as network that our Police Department and Police Commission can rely on for suggestions and advice regarding the important policy issues that our department and town are currently working on," Maturo stated in a announcing LEARN's formation.
But police commissioners are questioning the makeup of the advisory group, following the retirement of Gallo and the fall out from Maturo's now infamous to WPIX reporter Mario Diaz.
"They are part of the problem," East Haven Police Commissioner Chairman Fred Brow said of Gallo and Maturo, in comments made following Monday's press conference announcing Gallo's retirement Feb. 3 (see video posted in the gallery that accompanies this article).
"If they chose to reorganize it, they need to put individuals on there that can help remedy the problem, not be a part of it," Brow said of the LEARN Committee.
'Tacos' Comment Complaint
Police commissioners are also expected to approve the move to file a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities regarding Maturo's "tacos" comment.
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