A former East Haven police officer is facing sentencing after pleading guilty to an obstruction charge in a federal investigation of police bias against Latinos.
Jason Zullo is scheduled to be sentenced Monday afternoon in federal court in Hartford. Prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence, while Zullo's lawyer is asking a judge for leniency.
Zullo and three other East Haven officers were charged last year with abusing and harassing Latinos. He pleaded guilty to obstruction by falsifying a police report about his cruiser striking a motorcycle.
Zullo's lawyer, Norm Pattis, notes the motorcyclist is Italian American and denies that Zullo conspired to violate Latinos' civil rights.
Two other officers were convicted of violating Hispanics' rights, while another officer pleaded guilty to reduced charges. The three other officers await sentencing.
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