HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut mayor has expressed remorse for saying he “might have tacos” to do something for his town’s besieged Latino community – but he has no plans to step down.
East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. apologized for his comment during a taped interview Tuesday about the FBI’s arrests of four town police officers, but is asking residents to have faith in him.
The officers are charged with violating Latinos’ rights in a pattern of harassment, intimidation and unlawful arrests.
Several state and local officials have castigated Maturo. A Facebook page demanding his resignation had more than 600 supporters Thursday.
An immigration reform group also plans to deliver tacos as a protest symbol Thursday to Maturo’s office and donate scores of others to a local soup kitchen.
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