Federal authorities have opened an investigation into reports of race-based violence, harassment and intimidation by East Haven police. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.
Members of East Haven’s Latino community submitted a complaint to the U.S. Department of Justice earlier this year. The complaint includes stories of more than 20 Latino shopkeepers and residents who describe a pattern of racial profiling by East Haven police.
There are allegations that officers used violence against Latinos taken into custody within earshot of on-duty supervisors. The complaint also documents frequent race-based traffic stops where officers allegedly used racial insults. East Haven Police Chief Leonard Gallo denies the allegations, saying the department has been working diligently on race relations.
For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.