Feds Arrest Connecticut Cops For Abusing Latinos' Civil Rights, But In Arizona, Feds Do Nothing More Than Threaten Lawsuits
The FBI arrested four police officers, including the president of the police union in East Haven, a Connecticut suburb, over allegations that the men, for years, orchestrated civil rights abuses against Latino residents.
The cops, indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport, pleaded not guilty and were called "bullies with badges" by FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Janice Fedarcyk of the FBI's New York Division. Details released by the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Meanwhile, in Arizona, the feds proclaim that the MCSO is guilty of the worst racial-profiling practices in U.S. history. A U.S. District Judge gave the green light in December for any Hispanic stopped by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies since January 1, 2007 and on into the future to sue the Sheriff's Office in a class-action lawsuit.
How do the feds respond to the miscarriages of justice against Latinos in Arizona?
They threaten to sue Arpaio if he doesn't get his act together. They write him stern letters demanding his cooperation. They make plans to collaborate with him to right the wrongs Arpaio has been systematically perpetuating against Latinos.
It's been more than 1,136 days since the feds have been investigating Arpaio, and despite finding that his department is "broken" and has an "ingrained culture" of abusing the rights of Latinos -- Arpaio has faced nothing more than the feds' wagging finger.
Regarding the Connecticut police officers, U.S. Attorney David B. Fein said the officers' "indictment should serve as a powerful message that we in the Department of Justice will not tolerate the abuse of power or victimization of civilians by anyone in law enforcement."
Perhaps Fein can send that message over to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, who has been heading up the investigation of MCSO.
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