Conn. Community Enraged After Mayor's 'Taco' Quip
The mayor is accused of being insensitive to the Latino community
A comment made by East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo has enraged the Latino community.
After four police officers were arrested by the FBI on Tuesday for deprivation of rights and obstruction of justice, the mayor has been under a microscope. Mayor Maturo has alco been blasted for his recent reappointment of police Chief Leonard Gallo, who is also charged as a co-conspirator.
Reportedly, the police officers continually harassed Latino residents and businesses with multiple reports of misconduct.
When asked by WPIX-TV's Mario Diaz, a New York reporter, "What are you doing for the Latino community today?"
"I might have some tacos when I get home; I'm not quite sure yet," he quipped.
Maturo, a Republican, blamed his thoughtless comment on a long day of interviews. Still, Governor Malloy said his comments are "repugnant."
"They represent either a horrible lack of judgment or worse, an underlying insensitivity to our Latino community that is unacceptable. Being tired is no excuse," he said. "He owes an apology to the community, and more importantly, he needs to show what he's going to do to repair the damage he's done. And he needs to do it today."