NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The mayor of a working-class city in Connecticut roiled by allegations of police discrimination against Hispanics is facing scathing criticism from officials for saying he "might have tacos" as a way to do something for the community.
The comments by East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo are bringing unwanted attention to the leadership of the New Haven suburb, where four police officers were arrested Tuesday by the FBI on charges including deprivation of rights and obstruction of justice. The mayor is also being criticized for his recent reappointment of police Chief Leonard Gallo, who was referred to in the indictment as a co-conspirator.
The four officers are accused of waging a campaign of harassment against Latino residents and businesses, including assaulting handcuffed people. All four have pleaded not guilty.