A small group of East Haven, Conn., police officers who worked together on the evening shift were arrested Tuesday following a long federal investigation and charged with terrorizing Latinos in their town. Federal authorities called them “bullies with badges,” and the indictment against them alleges a long list of crimes ranging from excessive force to obstructing justice, reports the Hartford Courant.
The four were “allegedly formed a cancerous cadre that routinely deprived East Haven residents of their civil rights,” said Janice K. Fedarcyk, assistant director-in-charge of the New York office of the FBI. The investigation was prompted by a video recording of an encounter between some of the officers arrested Tuesday and the Rev. James Manship, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in New Haven. The federal probe found a pattern of discrimination by police, particularly against Latino residents. Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney, David B. Fein, said more arrests and additional charges could be forthcoming.