Philippe Patricio, a Bethel man who served about nine months in a New York state prison for breaking into Danbury Municipal Airport in June and drunkenly taking a joyride to Westchester County Airport, is now back in this state to face his Connecticut charges. Patricio is being held in the Danbury police station lock-up and is scheduled to be arraigned today in Superior Court. Danbury officers picked up Patricio from Westchester County Jail Wednesday morning and brought him back to Danbury, where he is being held on $1 million.
Patricio’s charges in Danbury include circumventing airport security, a felony. He is also facing drunken driving charges in Danbury for other times when he was stopped in his automobile by Connecticut authorities.
Democrats voted Joe DaSilva to head the Democratic Town Committee yesterday at Democratic Headquarters.
Hopefully, the Democrats can now come together and work for the common good of the city. Spending less time fussing among themselves and directing their criticism as a whole towards the mayor will be a step in the right direction.
On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.
The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.