Judge Reopens Bias Lawsuit Against East Haven

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A federal judge has reopened a civil case charging 22 East Haven police officers, the town and Police Department of driving out Latinos through discrimination and intimidation.

The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/17nYDN9 ) that the decision on Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton reversed her ruling in June closing the case pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.

Mayor Joseph Maturo’s office did not immediately return a call Wednesday morning seeking comment.

Officers David Cari and Dennis Spaulding were convicted on Oct. 21 of violating the civil rights of Hispanics. They are seeking new trials.

Two other officers pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Latino residents and business owners sued in 2010, alleging a pattern of police brutality and racial profiling. Their lawyer says the jury will determine any monetary award.
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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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