HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has reached a proposed agreement with a Connecticut city to resolve allegations that police engaged in a pattern of discrimination against Latinos.
Federal officials said Tuesday that East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. has outlined plans that will lead to broad changes to the police department's policies and practices. Maturo is seeking approval from town officials to enter the binding agreement.
The proposed agreement resolves allegations that police engaged in a pattern of using excessive force and retaliation against people who witnessed police misconduct or criticized the police. The Justice Department released its findings in December 2011.
Maturo says entering the agreement and avoiding costly litigation is in the best interests of the town and taxpayers.