DOJ finds widespread discrimination against Latinos by East Haven Police Department

DOJ finds widespread discrimination against Latinos by East Haven Police Department

"DOJ released its findings regarding anti-Latino profiling and discrimination by the EHPD.  As with the DOJ report last week on Maricopa County, DOJ makes detailed findings of unconstitutional activity, indicates it will proceed with litigation if a judicially-enforceable consent decree is not negotiated, and curtails EHPD iimmigration enforcement activities.  Because there is no 287g agreemetn with EHPD to suspend, DOJ instructed that EHPD officers cease immigration enforcement absent thorough training. The DOJ investigation was launched in fall 2009, in response to a complaint from St. Rose Church and Apostle Immigration Services, represented by the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinc at aYale.  The clinic also represents a number of individual plaintiffs in Section 1983 litigation against the EHPD and has represented other EHPD arrestees in removal proceedings.  I have cc-d the students here, who have also been co-supervised over the years by Susan Hazeldean and Annie Lai.  Chris Lasch supervised students in the successful defense of Fr. Manship after his arrest. Press reports indicate that a federal grand jury continues to deliberate regarding possible criminal charges against individual EHPD officers as well.  The DOJ findings letter is here and early press clips are available at Feds Vindicate Latinos, Father Manship and Justice Department Finds East Haven Police Department Deliberately Targeted Latinos." - Michael J. Wishnie, Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law School - (203) 436-4780 - michael.wishnie@yale.edu