Jury Begins Deliberations In East Haven Police Case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut jury has begun deliberations in the trial of two East Haven police officers accused of violating the constitutional rights of Hispanics.

Federal Judge Alvin Thompson in Hartford gave instructions to the 12-member jury Thursday in the case of David Cari and Dennis Spaulding before jurors began discussing the case.

Cari and Spaulding were among four East Haven officers arrested by the FBI last year for allegedly harassing and abusing Hispanic immigrants. The other officers, Jason Zullo and John Miller, await sentencing after pleading guilty to reduced charges.

Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday.
Lawyers for Cari and Spaulding said federal prosecutors didn’t prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, while prosecutors said the evidence showed the defendants engaged in racial profiling and harassment.

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