A Connecticut town at the center of a police scandal over alleged abuse and harassment against Latinos has a new police chief.
East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo named Interim Police Chief Brent Larrabee as the new permanent head of the embattled police department, according to the New Haven Register.
The new chief succeeds Leonard Gallo, who retired a year ago amid accusations that under his watch town police officers violated the rights of Latinos through beatings, false arrests and unnecessary searches.
Four police officers were arrested in a probe conducted by the Department of Justice.
Two pleaded guilty to charges that don't involve Latinos and await sentencing, while the other two pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.
As a result of that probe, city and the federal investigators reached a settle that required the town to have mandatory training on bias-free policing and develop up-to-date policies and measures when applying for search warrants.
East Haven, a seaside city of about 28,000 people, has a Latino population of about 7 percent.
A year ago, Mayor Maturo made headlines of his own when he announced he might “eat tacos” when asked what he would do for the local Latino community after the FBI arrested four officers.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.