EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo has announced the appointment of an interim police chief to head a department tainted by charges of false arrests and other forms of harassment against Latino residents.

Maturo said Monday that Brent Larrabee, who has served as police chief in Stamford and Framingham, Mass., brings a career of experience for community-oriented and progressive public safety practices in diverse communities.

The mayor says Larrabee put in place neighborhood policing and established community coalitions in Stamford.

Larrabee said in the news release announcing his appointment he will help strengthen confidence in policing and bring a standard of excellence to East Haven.

FBI agents arrested four officers Jan. 24 on criminal charges alleging they violated Latinos’ rights through false arrests and unnecessary searches. The officers have pleaded not guilty.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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