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Report: East Haven Signs Police Reform Agreement with Feds

East Haven town officials Thursday signed the settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that will lead to federal oversight of the town's police department, according to a New Haven Register report.

East Haven town officials Thursday signed the settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that will lead to a series of reform measures for the town's police department, according to a New Haven Register report.

The agreement, once signed by all parties and ratified in court, will lead to federal oversight of the East Haven Police.

Last December, following a lengthy investigation, the justice department released a letter of findings that reported investigators had found the department had violated the civil rights of Latino residents and others.

A few weeks later, four East Haven Police officers were indicted by a federal grand jury for engaging in alleged civil rights abuses. Since then, two of the officers arrested — Sgt. John Miller and Officer Jason Zullo — have changed their initial "not guilty" pleas to the charges "guilty."

Officers Dennis Spaulding and David Cari were also among the four arrested early this year. They have not changed their initial "not guilty" pleas. Both are now awaiting trial.

Federal authorities have said the investigation into the department remains open and ongoing.

David C. Couper November 17, 2012 at 04:00 PM
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jaymegee November 17, 2012 at 05:45 PM
The EHPD has been crooked and shady for years! It's about time its been acknowledged and addressed properly. East Haven was our home for 25 years and the PD was the biggest blemish the town had. It's a disgraceful, embarrassing establishment and an internal investigation will be a delightful wake up call to the rest of the crooked teams on the force! Way to EH for finally addressing the disgusting flaw in an otherwise flawless town
jaymegee November 17, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Gene you are correct. The police department has been corrupt for 15 years or more. It started way before Floodquist and Malik Jones. That's about the time townspeople brought the silent never spoken about corruption to light for all to see.
Jeff November 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Of couse he had to bring Gallo back , the town was paying him to stay home and nothing was getting done ! Gallo wasn't charged with anything yet , that too hard to understand ?
Jeff November 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Just had to bring up Floodquist and the "Model Citizen" Malik Jones ?? aside from that , the PD's problem was the same as the whole town government , poor hiring practices ,"Good Ol boy" policy in the PD , hiring of family members in all departments and lets throw in some voter registration fraud about 20 years ago ,it goes beyond the PD . BTW : Most Cops are good , lets not assume thy all are corrupt .

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