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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 and/or the Border
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, sought (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 one officer. 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. The agreement stated that the injunctive relief would remain in effect until the later of the two options: four years from the date that the Board implements its new policies or the time at which the district court terminates the settlement agreement. On September 26, 2014, the Court approved the parties' stipulation to dismiss the case with prejudice and without costs. As of January 30, 2019, no further docket activity occurs and the injunctive relief window is finished, so this case is presumably closed.

Alex Wharton - 09/24/2014
Eva Richardson - 01/30/2019


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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/Border
Status/Classification
Language
Spanish
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
42 U.S.C. § 1985
State law
Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
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
Filed Pro Se 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
Filing Year 2010
Case Closing Year 2018
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PN-CT-0001 : United States v. East Haven (D. Conn.)
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Docket(s)
3:10-cv-01692-AWT (D. Conn.)
PN-CT-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/26/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Damages and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 2]
PN-CT-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/26/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Staying Case [ECF# 118] (D. Conn.)
PN-CT-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/24/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Motion to Approve Stipulation [ECF# 163]
PN-CT-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/17/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Arterton, Janet Bond (D. Conn.) show/hide docs
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Maguire, James P. (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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