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Judge: Civil Trial In East Haven Discrimination Case Will Commence Following Criminal Trial

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EAST HAVEN, CONN(AP) — A federal judge in Connecticut says she will delay a civil trial in a discrimination case against East Haven police until after criminal cases against four officers charged with violating the rights of Latinos have concluded.

U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton on Monday granted a temporary stay of the civil proceedings requested by federal prosecutors.

Jon Einhorn, the lawyer for ex-police chief Leonard Gallo, says his client is disappointed because he wants to be quickly vindicated.

FBI agents arrested four officers Jan. 24 on criminal charges alleging they violated Latinos’ rights through false arrests and unnecessary searches. The officers have pleaded not guilty.

Yale Law School’s Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic filed a lawsuit in October 2010 on behalf of nine plaintiffs who accused East Haven police of physical abuse.

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