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Police chief retiring in Conn. town hit by scandal

Conn. chief retiring amid police scandal involving discrimination against Latinos By The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ' The police chief in East Haven, Conn., is retiring amid a scandal in which four officers are accused of tyrannizing Latino residents.

An attorney for Chief Leonard Gallo says his retirement will take effect on Feb. 10. A news conference on the retirement is planned for later Monday.

Gallo had been suspended as chief in April 2010 after the FBI launched the criminal investigation, but he was reinstated to the post in November after his friend Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. took office.

The four officers have pleaded not guilty to charges including deprivation of rights and obstruction of justice.

Gallo apparently has been referred to as an unnamed co-conspirator in the federal probe, accused of blocking efforts by the police commission to investigate misconduct. His attorney has denied the allegations.

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