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Case Name Chacon v. East Haven Police Department PN-CT-0002
Docket / Court 3:10-cv-01692-AWT ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Immigration
Policing
Attorney Organization Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (Yale)
Legal Services/Legal Aid
Case Summary
On October 26, 2010, a group of Latino men and women filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983, 1985(3), 1986, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, against the Town of East Haven and the East Haven Police Department. The plaintiffs, ... read more >
On October 26, 2010, a group of Latino men and women filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983, 1985(3), 1986, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, against the Town of East Haven and the East Haven Police Department. The plaintiffs, represented both by private counsel and Yale Law School's legal services organization, asked the court for (1) compensatory damages for their individual injuries; (2) punitive damages; and (3) injunctive relief adequate to prevent the continuation and recurrence of the unlawful conduct by the Town and Police Department.

The complaint alleged the Town and Police Department engaged in a campaign of racial profiling against Latino men and women. The defendants allegedly enforced traffic and immigration laws against Latinos in a discriminatory fashion and demonstrated anti-Latino bias through officials' derogatory statements. The plaintiffs further claimed that the Town and Police Department denied Latinos their constitutional rights by subjecting them to unreasonable searches and seizures, beatings, use of Tasers, illegal arrests, and excessive use of force. These practices were done for the purpose of intimidating the Latino community.

On April 24, 2012, the District Court (Judge Janet Bond Arterton) granted the United States' Motion to Intervene and stay the case pending the resolution of a related federal criminal case. The case was reopened on November 11, 2012 and, on June 26, 2012, transferred to Judge Alvin W. Thompson because he was presiding over a related civil case (USA v. East Haven, 3:12-cv-01652-AWT, PN-CT-0001) brought by the United States against the Town. Following the settlement of that case, the Town and Police Department were required to institute new policies and practices as part of the settlement agreement.

As a result, on August 12, 2014, Judge Thompson approved the parties' Consent Motion to Approve Stipulation as they entered a Settlement Agreement for conditional dismissal, pursuant to the similar one reached in USA v. East Haven, against all defendants except Officer David Cari. East Haven agreed to: pay total damages in the amount of $450,000; implement remedial training relating to the use of force, stops and searches and seizures; and implement bias-free policing, supervisory review, and a complaint-review process.

Alex Wharton - 09/24/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Unreasonable search and seizure
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-basis
Immigration status
Language discrimination
Race discrimination
General
Aggressive behavior
Excessive force
Failure to supervise
Pattern or Practice
Racial profiling
Immigration
Status/Classification
Language
Spanish
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
State law
42 U.S.C. § 1983
42 U.S.C. § 1985
Defendant(s) Town of East Haven
Plaintiff Description Latinos whom the defendants targeted and harassed on account of their race and ethnicity.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (Yale)
Legal Services/Legal Aid
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2014 - 2018
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing PN-CT-0001 : United States v. East Haven (D. Conn.)
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Federal Enforcement of Police Reform
By: Stephen Rushin (University of Illinois College of Law, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program )
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Panopticism for Police: Structural Reform Bargaining and Police Regulation by Data-Driven Surveillance
By: Mary D. Fan (University of Washington)
Citation: Forthcoming, 87 Washington L. Rev. __ (2012).
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Written: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
Citation: Washington Post (Nov. 13, 2015)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:10-cv-01692-AWT (D. Conn.) 08/12/2014
PN-CT-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Damages and Injunctive Relief 10/26/2010
PN-CT-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Staying Case 04/24/2012 (D. Conn.)
PN-CT-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Motion to Approve Stipulation 07/17/2014
PN-CT-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Arterton, Janet Bond (D. Conn.)
PN-CT-0002-0002
Thompson, Alvin W. (D. Conn.)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bhandary-Alexander, James (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-0001 | PN-CT-0002-0004 | PN-CT-0002-9000
Hallett, Amber Nicole (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-0004 | PN-CT-0002-9000
Hazeldean, Susan (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-0001 | PN-CT-0002-9000
Lai, Anne (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Maguire, James P. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Patel, Krishna R. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Rosen, David N. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-0001 | PN-CT-0002-0004 | PN-CT-0002-9000
Smith, David Hunter (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Wishnie, Michael J. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-0001 | PN-CT-0002-0004 | PN-CT-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Allen, Patrick D. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Buturla, Richard J. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Calistro, Roger B. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Cerritelli, E. Gregory (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Cirillo, James F. Jr. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Cofrancesco, Patricia Anne (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Conway, John F. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Einhorn, Jonathan J. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Holcomb, Warren L. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Keefe, Hugh F. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Luzzi, Michael J. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Myers, Nancy Fitzpatrick (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Pattis, Norman A. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Popilowski, Matthew D. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Tallberg, James Newhall (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Zullo, Alfred J. (Connecticut)
PN-CT-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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