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.

Sam Giglio November 16, 2012 at 09:00 PM
No one who lives in East Haven can be proud of this day, But we need to move forward get our Police Dept to become one of the best. The Mayor has a wake up call and knows that he can not joke about this Consent Decree Time will only tell how much this will cost all of us but lets hope it gets done and we put the worse days behind and move to a better place. I dont want to hear anymore comments from the Mayor like" Are they going to put a whip to me" just get the job done. This is our Town and we need it to be one of the best around. .
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven November 16, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Very well said Mr Giglio Robert D.Hoff for East Haven Town Council: Putting People before Politics. https://www.facebook.com/#!/ROBERTDHOFFforabetterEastHaven
Open_Mouth_Insert_Foot November 16, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Maturo constantly inserts his foot into his mouth. The man is obviously incapable of even the most rudimentary forms of communication. How embarrassing for East Haven. And to think you folks voted for him instead of Mayor April. Tsk, tsk..
Gene Ruocco November 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM
The whip Joe joked about at the signing of the Consent Decree was the United States of America breathing down his neck. And he does not want to talk about what he said during the election, I'm sorry Joe that’s not how it works. He won by 34 votes telling the people who voted for him that he would kick the DOJ out in two weeks, and bring Gallo back. How has that worked for you, Joe?
Jeff November 17, 2012 at 02:12 AM
As I recall , all the controversial Police issues went on during the April administration , Joe is stuck with it , so stick with the facts . East Haven's problems go way back .
Jeff November 17, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Why would the Mayor Joke about it ?? Are you preparing a press conference ? Get over the politics once and for all !
Black_Dog November 17, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Actually Jeff, Mayor April was cooperating with the DOJ and was seriously considering firing Gallo, apparently he was on a leave of absence, when Taco Joe and his cronies ousted her and brought Gallo back. Taco Joe was in bed with the EHPD. Mayor April was not
Black_Dog November 17, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Members of the EHPD were not at all reticent about throwing money and support to Taco Joe, their new tool and best buddy.
ASmith November 17, 2012 at 04:47 AM
didnt know the joke liked whips. what is on that fools mind?
Gene Ruocco November 17, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Wrong, the 54 pages cover 15 years of controversial issues; to be sure.
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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