HatCityBLOG Throwback Thursday: The Peter Buzaid edition
Thursday, January 11, 2024 Time: 11:30 AM
HatCityBLOG THROWBACK THURSDAY moment: The Peter Buzaid edition.
In honor of the highly disturbing and hypocritical campaign currently underway at City Hall to radically alter the city charter by extending the terms of elected office from two years to four years and change the position of Town Clerk and Treasurer from elected officers to positions that serve at the pleasure of the mayor, here's a video clip from the HatCityBLOG archives.
From 2009, here's a clip of Charter Commission member and current City Council President Peter Buzaid expressing his strong stance against four-year terms.
Due to widespread public opposition from residents, members of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee, and numerous editorials to the four-year proposal, the council scrapped the plan, marking one of the biggest defeats for Danbury Republicans and the Boughton administration at the time.
I'll have MUCH more to say about this alarming development later.
04.25.22 (RADIO): WSHU Latino group call on Connecticut lawmakers to open a Danbury charter school
06.03.22 (OP-ED): KUSHNER: "Career Academy ‘a great deal for Danbury"
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.