Activists Send Hundreds of Tacos to Conn. Mayor

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East Haven Police Chief Leonard Gallo resigned on Friday, Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. announced in a press conference Monday.

“He is retiring from this position for one reason alone, that is his desire not to be a distracting element in East Haven’s efforts to rehabilitate its image,” Gallo’s attorney John Einhorn said.

The immigration rights organization Reform Immigration for America delivered 400 tacos to the office of East Haven’s mayor Thursday in protest of the mayor's statement that he would address accusations of anti-Latino bias by eating tacos.

Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. has apologized for remarks he made to a TV news reporter after the arrest in Tuesday of four town police officers, who were described by one FBI official as “bullies with badges.” Four of his police officers were arrested on federal charges of violating the civil rights of Latinos.

Maturo has resisted calls to resign by Connecticut’s Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission.