Case Dismissed, Priest Goes On Offense

by Thomas MacMillan | March 26, 2009 3:24 PM | | Comments (39)

032609_019.jpgMoments after a Fair Haven priest’s case was dismissed, Latino advocates gathered outside the Elm Street courthouse to announce they’ve asked the feds to investigate allegations of race-based harassment perpetrated by East Haven police.

Father James Manship, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church, was in State Superior in New Haven Thursday morning, answering charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer. After a two-hour wait, the charges against the priest were dismissed in less than a minute. State prosecutor David Strollo said the state did not have sufficient evidence to go forward with the case.

Manship was arrested by East Haven police on Feb. 19 while videotaping what he described as systematic police harassment of Latinos in East Haven. East Haven business owners say local police have targeted them and their customers for intimidation and traffic stops without reason.

Father Manship’s video footage of his arrest, which he released two weeks ago, contradicted the police arrest report and undermined the prosecution’s case. Thursday was his second court appearance, following a plea of not guilty three weeks ago.

With their priest exonerated, Manship’s parishioners are now going on offense. Angel Fernandez, a parish leader at St. Rose of Lima, announced that Yale attorneys filed a complaint with the Department of Justice on Thursday morning seeking a federal investigation into allegations of race-based harassment by East Haven Police. East Haven Latinos and their advocates said they hope that a federal investigation will result in oversight and reform of East Haven’s police department.

Click here to read the full complaint. Click here to read a summary.

The Complaint

Courtroom C was filled to capacity at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, its gallery brimming with Father Manship’s supporters wearing yellow ribbons. The yellow ribbon “signifies simply that we are united,” said Carmen Zambrano, head of the New Haven Ecuadorian group, Virgen Del Cisne.

Strollo, delayed nearly two hours because of scheduling confusion, requested a nolle. A successful nolle means that the case is closed, but gives the prosecution 13 months to bring the charges a second time.

Manship’s attorney, Yale law student Sarah Chervinsky, objected to the nolle and requested that the charges be dropped entirely. Strollo agreed, and the judge dismissed the case. The entire exchange took less than a minute.

“Can you imagine being arrested for no reason?” Father Manship asked rhetorically at a press conference on the New Haven green following his court appearance. He said that he had been fortunate to be a white man and a priest, represented by a team of attorneys. Others facing false charges are not so lucky, he said.

“I’m happy that this case is over. It’s been a distraction,” the priest continued. “Now we can get to the business at hand.”

032609_031.jpgThe business at hand, announced St. Rose parish leader Angel Fernandez (pictured), is a federal investigation of racially motivated police harassment in East Haven. This abuse, Fernandez said, includes Latino drivers being pulled over without reason, Latinos being beaten while in police custody, and the systematic harassment of Latino businesses in East Haven.

Student attorneys from Yale’s Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, a clinic at the law school, have collected over 20 personal stories of alleged police harassment and compiled them into a formal complaint, which they sent to the U.S. Department of Justice. The 14-page complaint requests an investigation of East Haven’s police department.

The document alleges a “pattern and practice of race-based violence and racial profiling against Latinos in East Haven.” It outlines four main areas of concern: racially motivated violence against Latinos, harassment and intimidation directed at Latino motorists and business owners, the “tacit approval” of the police department, and police retaliation against Latinos that have spoken out. Fernandez said that police abuse has escalated in East Haven in recent weeks, since Latinos have gone public with their experiences.

Taken together, the stories of East Haven Latinos form a “picture of a community living in justifiable terror of their local police force,” Fernandez said.

East Haven officials have repeatedly denied harassing Latinos in town. The town’s mayor met last week with Latino residents for a general conversation. (Discussion about cop harassment was off limits.)

032609_033.jpgLindsay Nash (at right in photo with Yale law students Valarie Kaur and Tafari Lumumba), a second-year law student with the Yale clinic, said that the attorneys are hoping that a Justice Department investigation will result in federal oversight of the East Haven police department. She said that in other cities in similar situations, the Justice Department has put in monitoring, oversight, and external complaint procedures. “We’re looking for similar reform,” Nash said.

The Yale attorneys said that they have put in a number of Freedom of Information Act requests to the East Haven Police Department, asking for information on policies and procedures and data regarding racial profiling. After several weeks and several letters, East Haven police have not responded to the FOIA requests.

East Haven Responds

“Were they authorized to speak for the Latino community?” said Attorney Hugh Keefe, lawyer for the East Haven Police Department.

Contacted by phone, Keefe took issue with the notion that members of the St. Rose of Lima Church could speak for an entire community of Latinos in East Haven.

“I don’t mean to nitpick,” Keefe said, “but who are they authorized to speak for?”

“Absolutely, people ought to speak on their own behalf,” Keefe said. But people should not “pretend to represent a whole ethnic group.”

Keefe said that he doesn’t understand why complaints about the East Haven police haven’t been brought to any of the “all kinds of agencies” that could handle them in East Haven, including the mayor’s office and the police commissioners.

East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon could not be reached by phone. On Thursday afternoon, she issued a statement by email: “It is not unusual for a situation such as this, to go the route of a Department of Justice complaint. East Haven, like many other towns, has been through this process before and been given a ‘clean bill of health’. I respect the Department of Justice process and I look forward to its findings.”

State and Church Take An Interest

Two attorneys from the Connecticut Human Rights Commission were present at the press conference and exchanged contact information with the Yale attorneys. The HRC lawyers — who declined to give their names — said that they have begun to “look into” the situation in East Haven. The commissioners have been very concerned about the allegations of racially motivated police harassment, the lawyers said.

The commission is just beginning to examine the relationship between East Haven Latinos and police, the lawyers said. Potential outcomes of the investigation include the initiation of a public hearing, or the issuance of a cease and desist order against the EHPD. The commission could also mandate training and require a change of police policies.

“That’s a long process,” one of the commission’s attorneys said.

Also present in the courtroom and at the press conference was Father Joseph Cronin, priest at Our Lady of Victory church in West Haven and a former seminary classmate of Father Manship. Cronin said that he was there to support Manship and said that the Fair Haven priest has the support of other clergy as well.

“A lot of priests understand it,” Father Cronin said. “Standing up for people he’s serving - that’s what he should be doing.”

Fear Remains

“I’m half happy,” said Marcia Chacon after the press conference. Chacon is the co-owner of My Country Store, the small grocery store in East Haven where Manship was arrested.

Chacon said that although she was pleased with the outcome of Manship’s case, she was afraid about police retribution in response to the Department of Justice complaint. She said that police intimidation had increased after she spoke out at a previous press conference.

“I feel partly more safe, but I don’t know what the police is going to do after this,” Chacon said. “I am very afraid.”

“I’m very, very nervous,” Chacon continued. “But if we don’t do something, this behavior will continue.”







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Posted by: lance | March 26, 2009 3:58 PM

manship, I know you read this. Can you release the rest of the video? Is there more video. I think you cut some out.

Posted by: Miles Apart | March 26, 2009 4:18 PM

Comparing this to the story about New Haven police meeting with Latinos in Fair Haven last night it looks like these two police departments are miles apart (and possibly decades apart as well with East Haven somewhere in the 1950s).

Hugh Keefe sounds like an idiot. The state's attorney and a judge through out a case he was justifying just two weeks ago. This means that the judge and prosecutor think this was a FALSE ARREST!

So who do the student lawyers and the members of the church speak for Mr. Keefe? They speak for every decent American who thinks it's wrong to falsely arrest people. Is that a large enough group for you?

And Mr. Keefe, when did you become an advocate for Latinos and being sure no one unfairly speaks for them? Was that when you knowingly talked nonsense on behalf of your clients who thought it was appropriate to rough up a priest and harass witnesses to that crime? Well looks like the prosecutor could not even bring himself to make this case, which as you know is a stinging indictment of your client.

How about you stop talking like the defense attorney for some mobster charged with murder and start acting like a lawyer who represents a city. I think you are getting your clients confused which is making you sound like a lunatic and East Haven look like it is a bunch of nut jobs.

Posted by: FairHavenRes | March 26, 2009 4:38 PM

Keefe: Rantings of a desperate man. Do you think that Keefe is really serving the best interest of the people of East Haven? The "best criminal lawyer" in CT, defending a rogue police department. Yeah, that is just great.

The mayor of East Haven ought to cancel his contract and send this guy packing...

Posted by: Streever | March 26, 2009 4:39 PM

Great work Father. Keefe, get a clue.

Posted by: john john | March 26, 2009 5:24 PM

where has manship been all these years while our fellow african american citizens have been targeted by police, been put out of work by cheaper undocumented labor and pushed aside in general?
let's remember, most of the black folks in this country (aside of course from our president) were not born from kin who chose to come here on thier own. the black community by in large, can trace thier american lineage much farther than most of the rest of us who were born here - with the exception of native americans, but at least they've been given SOME compensation (tribal lands, casinos, tax exempt industries) to try to make up for our collective indeciencies.
when you go into a predominantly black neighborhood, the stores are overwhelmingly owned and operated by foriegn born people. Why? give me a valid reason why every wave of immigrants has been allowed to push aside our black brothers and sisters to make way for the new immigrants.
at least the italians, irish, eastern europeans of the last century came through ellis island, assimilated and became citizens as fast as they could.

Posted by: Ilovethiscountry | March 26, 2009 7:30 PM

John,John stay in the John. Your full of John. Stop the divide and conquer crap. The African American clergy and others address those issuses daily. Do you expect this Father to take on the world. I am sure that he is for Justice. When was the last time if any exist, that you stoodup for a fundamental right of a peoples.

John you wrote:
" with the exception of native americans, but at least they've been given SOME compensation (tribal lands, casinos, tax exempt industries) to try to make up for our collective indeciencies".

Nothing can make up for genocide of an entire nation of peoples, whom by the way take issues in the misnomer "native American". As if American existed before them. And what do you mean by "our collective indeciencies" don't include everybody in being a party to the genocide of an entire nation of people. Have you ever been to a pow wow?
Stay in john john.....

Posted by: juli | March 26, 2009 7:40 PM

john john
i can't stand when people point to someone in our community with the courage to take a stand on something and say that they aren't doing enough. ignite a fire yourself if you believe in something.

father manship: thank you.

Posted by: just a normal citizen | March 26, 2009 8:50 PM

Everyone know how the cops in East Haven are. It's really deeper than that when you think about it. Think about how many shootings occurred in surrounding cities of New Haven. It's meant to keep a minimum of what race appears where. Sad, but due to most experiences of mine and my peers; it's true.

That police department should have been investigated by the Feds a loooongtime ago. The name Malik Jones ring a bell?

Posted by: John John | March 27, 2009 8:22 AM

Yeah, my heart bleeds for all of those who've chosen to be here outside the boundries of what is legal.
Take care of our own first. period.

Posted by: Ilovethiscountry | March 27, 2009 8:54 AM

In john John, I am sorry about your bleeding corazon.

Posted by: William Kurtz | March 27, 2009 9:42 AM

John John:

" No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

Everyone is our own.

Posted by: Alphonse Credenza | March 27, 2009 9:46 AM

"Latino advocates gathered outside the Elm Street courthouse to announce they've asked the feds to investigate allegations of race-based harassment perpetrated by East Haven police."

This is plainly stupid. Harassment, perhaps. Race-based, never. Latinos form an ethnic group, not a race. Don't these advocates have any idea of what they are talking about?

Posted by: lance | March 27, 2009 10:27 AM

john john asked:
"when you go into a predominantly black neighborhood, the stores are overwhelmingly owned and operated by foriegn born people. Why?"

I assume you mean Indian people, and I think I can answer your question. It's because they have a better work ethic and money management skills than Americans. I'll give you an example. I know 2 guys (muslim indians) who work overnight at a store- they work 12 hour shifts, seven days a week. I don't know what they get paid, but it probably isn't much. You'd be hard pressed to find Americans to rock it like that, especialy when they coul sit back and let the government support them instead.


Often times Indian people have a sponsor that brings them to the U.S. and gives them an apartment, an they have to repay the sponsor by working it off at their store. Eventually they repay the debt, and save up to get their own store. And I've never heard of a case of employee theft by an Indian employee by the way.

Posted by: john john | March 27, 2009 10:27 AM

Folks, i want to personally thank you all for the lovely poems and words of support and encouragement.
i am assuming those of you who are not in agreement with me are employed and educated, so your are blessed enough to have time to worry about new haven's large population of people who have come here without bothering to come here in a fair and legal manner. many of these people will no doubt be sending local money thousands of miles away to their homelands. many of these people plan to leave town once their financial goals have been met.
We are a country in a financial crisis, and we need to focus our energy and finances on ourselves and our people. a family facing foreclosure and hunger cannot adequately take in others, they must take care of themselves first. we need to do the same.
if we can manage to get our country out of these wars we've created, stop bailing out failing and immoral corporateions and stop pandering to ILLEGAL ALIENS we'd be on the track to stability. we just can't take care of ourselves and foriegners. there are many many able bodied americans on assistance who can easily fill the positions taken by illegal aliens which would ease some of the pressure on our government, and get these folks back to work - which is necessary for their self -esteem and our pocketbooks.
And one more thing, it's time to give puerto rico it's right to choose statehood or independence, and if they choose statehood, give them all of the congressional voting rights and taxation that come with it.

Posted by: fedupwithliberals | March 27, 2009 11:43 AM

For the most part, Blacks have been pandered to and enslaved by the Democratic party to rely on government for all their needs. The work ethic is almost absent. This is why just about every other ethnic and minority group can flourish in the face of adversity.

Posted by: Who Cares? | March 27, 2009 12:11 PM

1. It was wrong to declare any topic "off limits,"
but, 2. The ANGER has to be removed from the discussion entirely. There are only particular involved, not entities such as POLICE or LATINOS, because innocent people, police, latinos, or otherwise, are wrongly treated, as well. Look at the four police who were killed in Oakland, completely arbitrarily, without regard to who they were or what the stood for; and I, a "caucasian," was also harrassed by police for no reason in the past, but no one believed it, because I was "white." I know who was at fault: they were particular individuals, and not all of this or that group. That kind of thinking only divides people and promotes anger, hate, and further misunderstanding. It is time to HEAL the wounds. I hope the innocent Father hears that.

Posted by: Bill | March 27, 2009 12:35 PM

Father Manship is a hypocrite. If he really wanted social justice he would park himself outside an abortion clinic to protest the killing of the innocent. Could it be because they do not donate money to his Church? As a Catholic I find his grand standing embarrassing. He should have a parish in Africa or South America so he can learn what hardship really is. In protest I have sent an email to the Archbishop that I will not be giving financial support the archdiocese in the future and hope other Catholics will do the same.

Posted by: Doug | March 27, 2009 12:52 PM

GREAT story, Thomas... GREAT!

These are serious allegations and I find it odd that Mr. Keefe's initial response was to question whether anyone could speak for the whole community. I'd describe that as a ridiculous and evasive tactic.

Posted by: Edward_H | March 27, 2009 1:02 PM

This Keefe guy is supposed to be a great attorney? Even bad attorneys know when to say "No comment."

lance

I assume you mean Indian people,

He is lumping black people born in Africa and the Carribean into this category as well. Many of the shops in Black neighborhoods are run or owned by black immigrants. That's the dirty little secret poverty pimps try to keep hidden from the general public. It is hard to cry racism when immigrant blacks come here and succeed

John John
And one more thing, it's time to give puerto rico it's right to choose statehood or independence, and if they choose statehood, give them all of the congressional voting rights and taxation that come with it.

PR has been given the choice several times. They have always decided to keep the current Commonwealth status

Posted by: lance | March 27, 2009 2:07 PM

to who cares.....

did you know there was a rally in support of the guy who killed the 4 Oakland officers?

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/03/26/MNDD16N9VP.DTL&feed=rss.crime

You'd think Obama would put something out expressing sympathy for the officers family....I guess not.

Posted by: ContraBill | March 27, 2009 3:20 PM

Bill, something tells me that you think the only social justice issue is abortion. Something also tells me by your tone and your putting yourself out to send an email the bishop that you and your contribution to your church wont be missed.

Posted by: William Kurtz | March 27, 2009 4:11 PM

Detestable, to be sure Lance. But you're cherry-picking your examples--what does that prove? You can get 60 people together in California to protest the police more easily than you can get three people in New Haven to agree on pizza toppings.

Maybe people are still angry about this?

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/02/07/bart.officer.bail/index.html

Posted by: Edward_H | March 27, 2009 4:44 PM

Lance

did you know there was a rally in support of the guy who killed the 4 Oakland officers?

A whole 60 people out of a city of what? A few hundred thousand? My God that's almost a busload. If it were 6,000 or even 600 then I could understand you posting this article. Finding 60 idiots to support a stupid cause is not that difficult in America these days. Look how many senators voted for the stimulus package.

Posted by: lance | March 27, 2009 6:59 PM

I guess you guys are right. It's not like we have a president who hero worshipped a reverend that said stuff like "America's chickens are coming home to roost" when referring to the 9/11 attacks. Err, never mind, we do.

In my opinion the Obama's aren't that broken up about the cop killings. As a matter of fact Michelle has been kicking it with Alicia Keyes lately. And here's a little glimspe into where she's coming from.

http://www.celebitchy.com/10924/alicia_keys_tries_to_clarify_gangster_rap_government_conspiracy_comments/


And as far as the BART officer, the dude messed up. Bad. But it doesn't justify elevating a cop killer to martyrdom, especially when those cops had nothing to do with the BART homicide.

Posted by: Marieah Viviel | March 27, 2009 8:20 PM

Who is good at World History? Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. 1) St. Rose of Lima is named after the Patron Saint of Lima, Peru - No? 2) Didn't our Native born brothers and sisters speak Guarani, Quechua, Navajo, Chibcha, ...etc., before my Spaniard ancestors brought Spanish and part of Spanish culture to the North, Central and South American born indigenous race? 3) Aren't Latinos called Latinos because they are born in Latin America? 4) Doesn't the word Hispanic mean "of Spanish culture" and not necesarily "of Spaniard blood"?

Posted by: bebe1222 | March 27, 2009 9:10 PM

first of all john john and edward h.....don't get off the subject and bring PR and puerto ricans into the discussion. As of 1917 Puerto Ricans have been legalized through US citizenship. Many who came to the US subsequently have faced the same discrimination and prejudice as African Americans. But we have since assimilated. Second, PR has not been given the choice to become a state or remain idenependent or a colony. The referendums that are held more like unofficial polls that are not valid. And yes the citizens of PR do pay taxes without representation in Congress. No Taxation without Representation wasn't that the basis for the American Revolution. And lastly, i believe Puerto Ricans in the US have paid enough dues to take care of both countries. If you do know any Puerto Ricans you will soon figure out that we are not here to bleed this country financially and go back home. we are here to stay!! so please do not put us in the same discussion as undocumented people. thank you very much Gracias.....I'm assuming your AFrican-American john-john--were is the passion and heart of the black community to rise up and raise up to march and protest and take back what belongs to them????

Posted by: Fonseca | March 27, 2009 9:12 PM

Bill

Although I don't attend Catholic mass I'd like to know how much you donate so I can donate exactly that amount directly to St Rose of Lima. You and your silly "financial" threats....."


Posted by: The Count | March 28, 2009 10:52 AM

Congratulations! A lot of you folks now realize what we Tweed Airport supporters knew all along: That the East Haven administration, be it Democrat or Republican, operates on hubris and arrogance. You can only play the "victim" for only so long until people start seeing through this charade. Indeed, the Capone regime should be called "Maturo lite." May I offer this quote from Aldous Huxley: "A fact does not cease to exist just becsuse it is ignored."

Posted by: Edward_H | March 28, 2009 12:05 PM

Lance

You'd think Obama would put something out expressing sympathy for the officers family....I guess not.

http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/oakland-police-shooting/ci_12013670

The Rev. Jayson Landeza, Oakland police chaplain, started the service with a prayer after the national anthem. He read a letter from President Barack Obama.

Methinks ye bloggeth too soon.

I do think it would have been more appropriate for him to use Air Force One to attend this memorial than to go on late night TV yukking it up and telling bad jokes with Jay Leno.

Posted by: Joe Mendoza | March 28, 2009 1:19 PM

These illegals give all of us Latinos a bad name. I live in East Haven, and the other day a Mexican family came into the Village Restaurant diner there, and behaved horribly with their toddlers the whole meal. They gave their 18-month old a lollipop(!) as soon as they came in and--surprise--he ran around the place screaming, while mom and dad sat their eating their eggs, allowing it. The waitress could barely take their order because of language. Then their 4 year old daughter started singing songs in spanish in a loud voice while the toddler banged his feet against the banquet--again the parents allowed it. The white patrons were all too P.C. to say anything, so it was left to me to go and scold them for their disgusting behavior in Spanish. They come here and have no interest in assimilating. They are rude and crude and loud and proud, and they embarrass me as a Mexican-american. They go to Hannah's Dream and play loud music in their cars and their kids are brats. I am sick of it and understand why the East Haven cops don't like them either.

Posted by: ContraMendoza | March 28, 2009 10:04 PM

Mendoza, please read what you wrote into a recorder and play it back to yourself, so that you can hear how silly you are.
Why did not you say something, kindly, to those parents? It sure is easy to bitch and moan about a problem and not do anything about it.

Shame on you.

Posted by: ContraMendoza | March 28, 2009 10:15 PM

One another thing Mendoza. I bet ya that 18 month was born here and is a US citizen, whether you like it or not. If you think running that baby's parents our of the country or isolating them in some ghetto like New Haven will make your life more pleasant, think again.

If we do not take an interest in these FAMILIES, regardless of status of the parents, their children will be just another new group to take the tit of public assistance rather than being productive members of society.

Even if you think you can run those families out of the US, mark my words, those kids will be back when they are 18 to claim their place as citizens. They will return from what ever godforsaken country of their parents, not knowing English, probably with no education, and clueless about the culture.

Mendoza, you cant handle an 18 month baby and their parents, try dealing with that kid when he is 18 years old and is looking for us to support him.

We Americans are so myopic, it is patheic.

Mendoza, like most "mexican" americans, you got yours and know the hell with everyone else. Bet your parents are proud. Que verguenza

Posted by: john john | March 28, 2009 11:28 PM

bebe122, i am a card carrying caucation.
edward h, i said nothing about remaining a terretory. reread what you quoted me. i said it's time to choose statehood or independence. that means piss or get off the pot. let's settle our unfinished business with the island and it's good people. same goes for guam and american samoa for that matter.
Don't see anyone disagreeing with that fact that people are much more capable of taking care of others only after they've taken care of themselves first. that is because you all know it's true.
i don't advocate mistreating or abusing these folks either.

Posted by: fedupwithliberals | March 29, 2009 6:45 AM

Marieah Viviel

So whats your point? If you want to go back further, and depending upon your political affiliation, we were decendants of either Adam and Eve, or amoebas!

Posted by: Edward_H | March 29, 2009 8:42 AM

Bebe1222
first of all john john and edward h.....don't get off the subject and bring PR and puerto ricans into the discussion.

First of all, who are you to dictate what anyone here chooses to discuss?

Secondly, I did not bring PR or Puerto Ricans into the subject. I was pointing out to Lance that PR has already been given the opportunity to vote on their status in the past. Even if the referendums are not valid the fact remains Puerto Ricans have been given the opportunity to voice their desires on several occasions and each time they have decided to retain their current commonwealth status. At no point did I ever question the citizenship status or loyalty or any Puerto Rican. If I did do so please point it out to me.

Posted by: Edward_H | March 29, 2009 8:48 AM

Joe Mendoza

How in the world did you figure out this family you observed was here illegaly by merely observing them?

If you think bad restaurant behavior , playing loud music in cars or bratty kids are exclusive to either Mexicans or illegals you really need to get out more.

Posted by: lance | March 29, 2009 9:16 AM

thanks for that info ed h. It still doesn't change the fact that "he hate me".

BTW, the man who sodomized and tried to kill that poor woman over the weekend was indeed a mexican, and is believed to be undocumented. don't know whether he has a destafano card or not as of yet. If not, maybe manship or one of you community organizers can bring a portable camera over to hpd and make him one before he gets arraigned. After all liberals, there is a presumption of innocence, right?

Posted by: hawksquill | March 29, 2009 9:55 PM

So Lance, John John, et al, is the EHPD way the solution you envision to our immigrant "problem?" Maybe you guys should try some nuance in your argument; is it possible to advocate for a sane federal immigration policy and against police harassment and false arrests? Try it on for size! It sure is a easy to argue from a simple, black or white worldview, but it's also extremely dangerous.

You like what the EHPD has been doing? So what's next? Firehoses? Dogs? Tear gas? Extraordinary rendition? Would you like that stuff even more?

And please remember that we don't have to solve the problems of Oakland, Puerto Rico, or Alicia Keys here. A little discussion of East Haven would do nicely.

Posted by: Ilovethiscountry | March 30, 2009 8:06 AM

MR. Joe Mendoza, don't let this bigotry you read here get to you so that you start attacking others and yourelf, because you start to feeling insecure about yourself thats how it works don't give in standup for whats right. It's Ok to be Latino its ok to seek a better life for one's self and famaliy. Don't feel ashame. What you have displayed is the disease of hate don't let it get to you and your family. Remember when the white man came here he didn't have papers either
and he didn't assimilate. It's great that the baby was singing in spanish whats wrong with that.


you wrote "They come here and have no interest in assimilating. They are rude and crude and loud and proud, and they embarrass me as a Mexican-american. They go to Hannah's Dream and play loud music in their cars and their kids are brats".

It's seems like they have assimilated very well, this is what other conunrties including Mexico complain about Americans when they travel abroad Americans -are rude,crude, loud and proud.
look it up online almost extacltly how you put it.

Standup for whats right. I hope that this is no shock to you put regardless of your status here in this country regardless of how much you assimilate there are places in this country you can't live safely just because who you are. If you allow this to happen its very possible that you and your family will be next on the East Haven Police's hit list. Joe your a good man leave that part of assimulation out of your home its called hate. Be proud of your heritage. Standup for whats right. Put love in your heart not hate.

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