US report reports progress in East Haven policing

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EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A federal report says East Haven has made “remarkable” progress in the year since Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. signed a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice requiring changes in the Police Department to ensure an end to bias.

The New Haven Register reports that the 94-page federal review commends the commitment of Police Chief Brent Larrabee and his management team. It cites the work of Lt. Edward Lennon, the compliance officer.

The consent decree was launched on Dec. 23, 2012. The 365-day compliance report filed this past week says police have worked to revise about 85 policies.

Four white police officers have been convicted of violating Latinos’ civil rights and three have been sentenced. Police treatment of Latinos in East Haven has been under federal scrutiny since 2009.

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