East Haven Mayor: I Might Have Tacos
The mayor of East Haven, Connecticut is taking some heat for a snide remark he made while doing an interview regarding the 4 cops arrested there on civil rights charges.
The four officers are accused of waging a campaign of harassment against Latino residents and businesses, including assaulting people while they were handcuffed and intimidating people who tried to investigate or report misconduct allegations. All four have pleaded not guilty.
Mayor Maturo is trying to clarify the comments, but he's not apologizing.
He initially defended his response and said it was being unfairly twisted. But he later apologized, saying he'd had a long day of interviews.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the comments are "repugnant."
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, a native of Puerto Rico, said he was "disgusted" by Maturo's comment. East Haven Democratic Town Committee Chairman Gene Ruocco called for Maturo's resignation.
The comment "goes to the root of the racial profiling allegations here in East Haven," Ruocco said in a statement. "Everyone knows the seriousness of this matter and for him, as the leader of our community, to say something so utterly insensitive is a complete disgrace."
The local media is understandably thrilled with the mayor's sarcasm.