Police department reforms completed after bias found
EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities and the town of East Haven say the town has met the requirements of a consent decree imposed five years ago after a U.S. Department of Justice investigation found a pattern of police discrimination and bias.
The New Haven Register reports a federal judge on Monday granted a motion from the town and the Department of Justice to terminate the decree and dismiss a lawsuit. Republican Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. says the department completed hours of training to meet every milestone imposed by the decree.
The investigation found bias against Hispanic residents, who said they were subjected to false arrests, assaults and illegal searches. Four white police officers were convicted.
Police Chief Ed Lennon called it “only a stepping stone and not the end of our journey.”