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FBI Arrests Four Conn. Cops

January 24, 2012  | 

The FBI arrested four East Haven (Conn.) Police officers this morning for violating the civil rights of Latinos by using improper force and conducting unreasonable searches, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

East Haven PD's Sgt. John Miller and Officers David Cari, Dennis Spaulding and Jason Zullo have been charged in a 10-count indictment. The violations allegedly occurred from 2007 through 2011.

Sgt. Miller allegedly "maintained and perpetuated an environment in which the use of unreasonable force and unreasonable searches and seizures was tolerated and encouraged," according to the DOJ. Officers Cari, Spaulding and Zullo allegedly conducted the searches and seizures, including unlawful searches of premises and arrests of individuals without probable cause or based on false and misleading information. Miller, Spaulding, Zullo, and another officer also allegedly used unreasonable force during lawful and unlawful arrests.

The indictment further alleges that Spaulding and Zullo "intimidated, harassed and humiliated" Latinos, including illegal immigrants.

Each of the officers has been charged with one count of conspiracy against rights, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Miller, Spaulding, and Zullo are also charged with one count of use of unreasonable force by a law enforcement officer, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Additionally, Spaulding is charged with two counts and Cari with one count of deprivation of rights for making arrests without probable cause. Each of these counts carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Finally, Spaulding is charged with two counts and Cari with one count of obstruction of a federal investigation for preparing false reports to justify the false arrests. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Comments (4)

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Larry @ 1/24/2012 7:04 PM

I don't know any of the details in reference to these allegations. However, I do know this. Shortly after President Obama was elected we got a new U.S. Attorney in our area. A citizen made a claim of excessive force against two of our officers and the next thing we knew the FBI was there conducting a criminal investigation. The officers were cleared. One of the the people conducting the investigation told us the following: That shortly after taking office the new U.S. Attorney called a meeting in which subordinates were chastised for the lack of indictments and prosecutions of police in our district. Since then there have been numerous investigations, indictments, and statements to the press about the Fed's concerns over police conduct in our state. I have noticed this trend nation wide. Kind of makes you wonder.

cwjjohn @ 1/25/2012 5:05 AM

I have no use for the Feds or the Texas AG Office due to the crap they pulled here in Amarillo, Texas in 2008.

Bryon @ 1/25/2012 5:20 AM

Yeah, I have to agree. In any other administration, I wouldn't question the integrity of the agency or their agenda, but with the Black Panther Party, Fast & Furious, and several other pro criminal incidents, I will wait for more facts. I have a hard time believing the lies of criminals.

Sgt Shanken @ 1/25/2012 5:58 AM

Before we haze these Officers, What did they do in each count? What did they make the arrest for? The true fact is, if we work in a gang area we arrest more gang members then other citizens. If we work in an area with a greater number of whites then we arrest more whites, and so on. Come on fellow Officers it is just a fact. Lets hope the FOP or PBA jumps in and helps our brothers. Please Stay Safe out there.

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