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Latino Residents Awarded $450,000 In Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Police

A group of Latino residents in a Connecticut town just received a big payday in connection with the settlement of a civil rights lawsuit against the city police department that began back in 2010.

via ABC News

A Connecticut town has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit by Latino residents and adopt what an attorney called some of the nation’s strictest limits on immigration enforcement by local police.

East Haven agreed to limit questioning about immigration status and won’t enforce immigration detainers, said Michael Wishnie of the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School who was among the attorneys and Yale students representing the plaintiffs.

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. said the town did not admit wrongdoing and called the settlement an important step forward.

“This agreement ends the threat of protracted litigation, saving taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees and avoiding the potential risk of a large, adverse monetary judgment,” Maturo said. “Perhaps most importantly, this agreement will provide necessary closure to a difficult and painful chapter in our town’s history.”

Police treatment of Hispanics in East Haven has been under federal scrutiny since 2009, when the U.S. Department of Justice opened a civil rights probe that found a pattern of discrimination and biased policing.

The 2010 lawsuit named about 20 defendants and alleged repeated abuses by police officers, including false arrests, assault, illegal searches and obstruction of justice. Discussions to settle the lawsuit began after four officers were convicted of criminal charges.

Good to see these residents get justice, but SMH @ this town still “not admitting to wrongdoing” 4 years and $450k later.



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