Defense: Bias Not Proven Against East Haven Officers

DAVE COLLINS
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers for two East Haven police officers accused of violated the civil rights of Hispanics have told a jury that federal prosecutors didn’t prove their case.

Jurors in federal court in Hartford heard closing arguments Wednesday in the case against David Cari and Dennis Spaulding. Deliberations were expected to begin Thursday.

Cari and Spaulding pleaded not guilty. They were among four East Haven officers arrested by the FBI last year for allegedly harassing, abusing and intimidating Hispanic immigrants and covering it up. The other officers, Jason Zullo and John Miller, await sentencing after pleading guilty to reduced charges.

Defense lawyers said the charges weren’t proven beyond a reasonable doubt and questioned the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses. The defense rested its case Tuesday without calling a single witness.

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