Ex-East Haven Officer Faces Sentencing

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of two years for a former East Haven officer who pleaded guilty to obstruction, but his attorney have urged a reduced sentence.

Jason Zullo, who is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Hartford, was among four East Haven officers charged with abusing and harassing Latinos. He pleaded guilty in October, acknowledging that he falsified a police report related to his cruiser striking a motorcycle.

His attorney, Norm Pattis, says the motorcyclist is Italian American and was fleeing Zullo.

Prosecutors say a trial of two other officers showed Zullo conspired to violate the civil rights of Latinos, a claim Pattis rejected.

Two other officers were convicted of violating the civil rights of Hispanics, while another officer pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

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