AUDIO: Danbury Police allegedly harassing an immigrant during a traffic stop
Thursday, June 06, 2013 Time: 3:57 PM
UPDATE 5:05: To members of the immigrant community who are outraged over today's events and the outrageous and disgusting comments in the News-Times, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE remain calm. Causing a scene downtown will do no one no good.
If you're upset, direct your anger towards the Hispanic Center and they will provide assistance on coping with this situation.
Three of the four Danbury police officers have been suspended for periods ranging from one-to-three months for their involvement in harassing an undocumented immigrant during a traffic stop in March.
The fate of a fourth officer has not yet been determined.
Mayor Mark Boughton said Officer Robert Madore will be suspended for 30 days, Officer Andrew Katkocin will be suspended for 120 days, and Officer Ryan Howley will suspended for six months, all without pay.
Boughton said he will decide within a few days on the penalty for the fourth officer, Chris Belair, who can be heard berating the motorist in an audio recording.
UPDATE 3:55PM: Due to the very high spike in traffic from people on mobile devices, click here to download and listen to the audio on your mobile devices.
WARNING: Audio contains offensive language.
(H/T to the News-Times for obtaining the audio...more to come).
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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.