FBI Arrests East Haven Police Officers for Assaults of Latinos

The FBI announced the arrest Tuesday of four members of the East Haven Police Department in Connecticut on charges that they assaulted Latino residents while on patrol.

The FBI accused the officers of terrorizing residents and making false reports to cover up the crimes against the Latino community.

FBI’s Janet Fedarcyk said the officers behaved like “bullies with badges” and released a list of disturbing incidents of police assaults and false reports.

This news follows the Department of Justice’s announcement of its findings, last month, that the East Haven Police Department had engaged in a pattern or practice of discriminatory policing involving Latinos.

Those findings led Connecticut’s governor,  Daniel Malloy, to direct the state’s Department of Transportation to  ensure that police departments statewide comply with a 1999 law that requires officers to record the race and ethnicity of those they stop. Many police departments had been ignoring the law and were not keeping statistics on the race and ethnicity of those pulled over for traffic stops.

--Keith Rushing