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Petitioning East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo

Tell Mayor Maturo: replace East Haven Chief of Police and send a clear message that racial profiling won't be tolerated


The FBI just arrested four East Haven, CT police officers for assaulting undocumented immigrants and making up false reports against Hispanics.

The East Haven officers assaulted individuals while they were handcuffed, unlawfully searched Latino businesses, and harassed and intimidated individuals, including advocates, witnesses, and other officers who tried to investigate or report misconduct or abuse the officers committed.

These continual and deliberate patterns of racial profiling did not go unnoticed by the FBI. The federal investigation found “life was made miserable for Hispanics” by these officers in East Haven.

But instead of standing up for the Latino community in his city, East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo immediately came out in support of the police department. Then on a radio show, the Mayor was asked what he is going to do to help the Latino community in wake of this disgusting racial profiling tragedy.

“I might have tacos when I go home, I’m not quite sure yet.”

Even though he later said sorry, a politician's apology clearly isn't enough to make up for allowing institutionalized racism in a police force and city government.

Tell Mayor Matruo: he needs to replace the East Haven Chief of Police and send a clear message that racial profiling won't be tolerated.

Letter to
East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo
The FBI said that because of four police officers, “life was made miserable for Hispanics” in East Haven - your town.

But instead of standing up for the Hispanic community, you sided with the police officers - even though they harassed and assaulted individuals while they were handcuffed, unlawfully searched Latino businesses, and harassed and intimidated individuals, including advocates, witnesses, and other officers who tried to investigate or report misconduct or abuse the officers committed.

To add insult to injury, you mocked this racial profiling by suggesting that eating tacos is enough to help the Latino community in the wake of this tragedy.

Your subsequent apology isn't enough to make up for allowing institutionalized racism in a police force and city government.

The FBI arrested four of your officers who were attacking and harassing citizens, advocates - even other officers - in your town. Replace the East Haven Chief of Police immediately and send the clear message that racial profiling won't be tolerated.