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Mayor Cracks 'Taco' Joke on Racial Profiling Scandal

Connecticut's Joseph Maturo has apologized
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2012 2:39 PM CST

(Newser) – The mayor of East Haven, Connecticut, is not helping his scandal-stricken town. The FBI just charged four of East Haven's police officers with terrorizing Latino residents. When asked by a reporter, hours after the news broke yesterday, what he was doing to assist the Latino community, Mayor Joseph Maturo replied, "I might have tacos when I go home, I'm not quite sure yet." Connecticut's governor has already blasted Maturo for the quip, and Maturo has issued an apology, reports the Connecticut Post.

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The four East Haven cops have entered pleas of not guilty on accusations of harassing Latinos with false arrests, unreasonable searches, and intimidation. Maturo, a Republican, said he stands by his department and described his controversial remark on a radio show this morning: "It was stupid, it was insensitive and I gave my detractors ... a reason to make matters worse with a 'gotcha' and an insensitive and stupid answer to something I should have never said." (Read more East Haven stories.)

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