Yesterday afternoon, the Connecticut Democratic Party released the following statement regarding Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton's gubernatorial exploratory committee announcement.
"For years, Mark Boughton has been the embodiment of hypocrisy. He has been all too eager to embrace the state's policies when they benefit his own politics in Danbury, yet he has criticized the same policies when they created jobs in other areas of the state and didn't personally benefit him. Rhetorically, Boughton has recently attempted to claim high ground when it was politically expedient for him, yet he has peddled in identity politics in the past, bashing immigrants to benefit his re-election campaign. Track records are important, and Boughton's is one of flippant changes to positions and postures.
"We need a governor who will fight for the people of Connecticut, not just their own political future. Mark Boughton has proven time and time again that he puts his own political ambition above all else. Our people and our communities deserve better."
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.