CT Chief Suspended After Feds Say Department Is In Shambles


Since 2008, officials in East Haven, Ct., a working-class suburb with a long history of toxic relations between the police and minorities, have played down Latinos’ complaints of accelerating police harassment and brutality. In an unusual step, says the New York Times, the U.S. Justice Department warned the town on April 15 that a preliminary review showed the police department was a shambles, with no modern rules of conduct for officers, no check on their use of force, inadequate training, and no functioning citizen complaint system.

On Wednesday, Mayor April Capone Almon, backed by a unanimous vote of the police commission board ordered veteran police chief Leonard Gallo to turn in his badge and gun, placing him on administrative leave. Yesterday, Yale University students completed a damning analysis of traffic tickets, saying that almost 60 percent went to people with Hispanic surnames, who make up about 6 percent of the town's population.

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