EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ An agreement that resolves a U.S. Justice Department complaint alleging a pattern of police discrimination toward Latinos in East Haven has been filed for the approval of a federal court.
The city and the federal government announced last month that they had reached a proposed settlement agreement mandating wide-ranging reforms of the East Haven Police Department. The agreement was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Connecticut.
The U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division last year announced the results of an investigation into complaints that officers were harassing Hispanic residents of East Haven.
The settlement agreement calls for a compliance officer to oversee the reforms, which include mandatory training on bias-free policing and development of up-to-date policies on applying for search warrants. The reforms also include stronger community engagement efforts.
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