In regards to the proposed cuts to the education budget, there is much concern surrounding the closing of the Mill Ridge Intermediate School. In particular, many teachers are upset that they were not invited to be part of the discussion on the closing of the school. Others question why there weren't any teachers on the committee that made the final determination to close the school.
During a recent meeting of the Board of Education, during his analysis of the school closing, Assistant Superintendent Robert Dylewski was questioned by Democratic Board of Education member Kathleen Molinaro about the lack of teachers on the committee that determined to close the school.
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.