East Haven Residents File Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Police

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EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A group of East Haven residents have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming a widespread pattern of racial profiling and harassment by local police.

The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court by 10 Latino residents of the community.

It alleges police “routinely targeted Latino residents, shoppers, motorists and businesses over … several years, and retaliated against those who tried to complain.”

It claims some residents were shocked with a stun gun, had their homes searched illegally, and customers of Latino-owned businesses were harassed.

The town, its police department and 20 individual officers were named as defendants.

Mayor April Capone Almon refused to comment on the suit pending the results of a federal investigation.

Police Chief Len Gallo has previously denied profiling.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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