FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Security Policy and the Cloud

Ask The Expert

Mark Rivera

FBI-CJIS Security Policy Compliance Officer

Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

Top News

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)

Displaying 1 - 4 of 4

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.

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Appeals Court Rules Residency In Marijuana Legal State Not Justification for Police Search
By a 2-1 vote, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver said two Kansas Highway...
LAPD Establishes Program to Aid Families of Suspects Killed in Officer-Involved Incidents
The Los Angeles Police Department plans to create a novel program to reach out to the...
Video: California Officer Accused of Sharing Intel with Local Gang
A San Jose, CA, police sweep of a local gang called the "Gang of Thrones" resulted in...
Video: CT Trooper, 2 Bystanders Pull Man from Burning Car
David Bartlett was driving east on Route 72 in Plainville on Tuesday morning when he lost...
Video: Texas Officers Escort Son of Fallen Comrade on First Day of School
The officers showed up to walk 4-year-old Jackson Scherlen into Coronado Elementary to...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine