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Cameras being installed on East Haven police cruisers

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A federal investigation that brought criminal charges of racial profiling against police officers in East Haven made Latino members of the community to want more accountability in the department and on Monday, police said they are installing dash cameras on some of its cruisers.

The four policemen, Sgt. John Miller and officers David Cari, Dennis Spaulding and Jason Zullo, have been charged with conspiring to injure, oppress, threaten and intimidate various members of the East Haven community in violation of their constitutional rights.

Arrest papers said the officers were involved in the arrest of Rev. James Manship, a pastor in New Haven, as he recorded police removing license plates from My Country Store, a grocery store in East Haven.

Sixteen cruisers will have dash cameras installed on the vehicles in the coming weeks. The town will pay $100,000 to have them installed.

"It's worth it to have them," said one East Haven resident. "I think police should be on tape and it protects them too."

Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. added that this is a big boost for the citizens of East Haven and the cameras will leave nothing to question because everything will be caught on tape. 

"I don't know if a tape is gonna do anything it just seems if you're a certain race in East Haven you get harassed," said one East Haven resident.

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