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East Haven Police Commission To Urge Mayor To Fire Ex-Chief

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(credit: CBS 2)

(credit: CBS 2)

EAST HAVEN, CT (CBSNewYork) - On Monday, East Haven police chief Leonard Gallo resigned less than a week after four of his police officers were arrested on federal charges of violating the civil rights of Latinos. But that isn’t the end of it for Gallo.

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Fred Brow, who chairs the East Haven Police Commission, says if allowed to resign rather be fired, Gallo will walk off with an extra $120,000 while the investigation of his officers and department continues.

That investigation points to the chief as a co-conspirator.

“We believe his behavior as a chief has been terrible and he should be terminated,” Brow told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau on Tuesday.

So, the board is expected tonight to vote to urge Mayor Joseph Maturo to fire Gallo, and deny him his retirement benefits.

Commissioner Brow says another matter on the agenda will be to ask the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights to  investigate Maturo’s thoughtless “taco” comment, which Brow says was so insensitive to the Latino community.

Gallo’s lawyer, Jon Einhorn, says if any charges are brought, the chief will be vindicated.

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