“I was disheartened to hear about the preliminary DEEP recommendation for this solid waste facility that would affect the quality of life for so many residents. Among the many issues is the overwhelming traffic necessary to process 800 tons of waste per day. Since day one I have been against locating it in such close proximity to a residential neighborhood. I will continue to do so and will closely monitor all related decisions.”
"While I am disappointed with DEEP's decision, I intend to continue the fight, along with Rep. David Arconti and the City of Danbury, against this ill-conceived and onerous proposal which is bad not only for the local neighborhood but the City as a whole."
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.