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Mayor Will “Have Tacos” To Reach Out To Latinos

Mayor Will “Have Tacos” To Reach Out To Latinos

Looks like Sheriff Joe Arpaio may have some competition in the category of most overtly-racist public official. The same day four East Haven, Connecticut police officers, including the local police union leader were charged by federal authorities for violating civil rights laws and abusing Latino members of the East Haven community, the town’s mayor, Joseph Maturo said he planned to reach out to the Latino community by “having some tacos.”

East Haven is a community of about 28,000 and has seen its Latino population double in the past decade. The result has been increasing racial tensions, particularly with police officers. The fifty-member police department has only one Spanish-speaking officer, a fact Mayor Maturo didn’t see a problem with.

Racial tensions in the community first came to light in 2009 when a local priest was arrested while videotaping police officers allegedly harassing owners of a Latino market.

The incident sparked additional controversy when the former mayor, Democrat April Capone, refused to publicly support the police department during the federal investigation and suspended police chief Leonard Gallo. In return Capone got a no-confidence vote by the town’s police department just before her loss to Maturo.

Once Maturo took office he put Gallo back in charge and said he didn’t believe the police department had done anything wrong. It’s a position he maintains in the face of the arrest of four town police officers, each charged with conducting unreasonable searches and seizures, making false arrests and using intimidation against local religious leaders, members of the Latino community, fellow police officers and police commissioners investing them. The U.S. Attorney’s office has said that the investigation is open and ongoing and more arrests are likely.

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2:35PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Saw this guys interview on the morning new and if this guy had a brain he'd be dangerous and without a brain he is just another right wing moron. What a bunch of "I have mine and I'm not going to let you have a thing" politicans the GOP has become. Hate is not a policy this country can live with, nor should we.

2:35PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

So, are Latinos going to continue to support the old, racist Alamo-loving republiCon men who contiinually perpetrate their prejudices on the least of the least? Why would Any Latino want to be a racist Republican?

2:31PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Sae this Mayor's interview on the morning news today and if he had a

4:27AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Somebody, perhaps, will tell him where to shove the tacos.

7:49AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Please reach out and actually meet leaders of the immigrant community and try to understand their concerns instead of making assumptions and deciding the city is always in the right!

9:24PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

I hope Maturo chokes on his taco

7:53PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

How frightening and how very sad. Sounds like the power structure is afraid of loosing power.

6:57PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

well...

6:46PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

an insensitive statement for sure

4:59PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

He loves the little tacos he loves them good, hopefully he will get a spot of Montezuma's revenge just for a spot of karmic revenge.

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