Sources reveal that on January 8th, Mayor Mark Boughton wrote a letter to School Superintendent Sal Pascarella and Vice Chairman Richard Hawley stating that he plans to appoint Republican Emanuela Palmares to fill the seat on the Board of Education that was vacated due to the incompetence of the leadership of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee who ran an unqualified candidate for the position.
More details later but unless an injunction is filed, it's safe to assume that Palmares should be seated to the board of education tonight...and this entire fiasco, in which a seat that was guaranteed to the Democratic Party, and loss of the majority of the BOE, is all due to the gross incompetence of the leadership of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee...
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.