EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Two East Haven police officers have been found guilty of racially profiling Latinos. With a verdict in, there is no shortage of opinions.
"I guess they got what they deserved if it's true," said an East Haven resident.
"If they're saying that they're at fault, then they should pay for what they did," said Philip Camara.
In Hartford Federal Court Monday, two former East Haven police officers were found guilty of violating the civil rights of Hispanics and in East Haven reactions to the jury's verdict were quick.
"I would say that it's going to detour like future occurrences," said Camara.
"There have been a few bad apples that kind of, you know, tainted the reputation of the police force but I'm sure that they're making changes now," said an East Haven resident.
East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo also weighed in, issuing the following statement:
"Today's verdict is a painful, although important step in the healing process. We cannot and we will not allow the scars of the past to prevent us from building a better future for our community."
So what bothers the residents of East Haven the most about this case? They say it's still the fact that they were police officers.
"You don't want those people patrolling our neighborhoods," said Anthony Melillo.
The message no one should be harassed for the color of their skin in this community.
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