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I missed this with all of my Officer Friendly snarking, but after East Haven, Connecticut police were arrested by the FBI (including the head of its union) for harassing the city's East Haven community, the city's mayor was asked what he would be doing "for the Latino community" He responded as follows:


When WPIX reporter Mario Diaz asked Maturo what he plans to do for the Latino community, Maturo said, "I might have tacos when I go home. I'm not quite sure yet."

Maturo added: "When you ask me what I would do for Latinos, I may go out and have a Latino dinner in the Latino community. There's nothing wrong with that and you can twist it and turn it whichever way the press decides to do."

Yes, how dare you twist my remarks by video-taping them and posting them in full online. (You have to watch the full video in the link.) Also note the "If I have offended you" apology. As a member of the horde said, you can't make this up.

And note to self -- never drive through East Haven. 

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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