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Connecticut Mayor Regrets Reducing Latino Community to Tacos

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Four Connecticut police officers, known as “Miller’s Boys,” were arrested yesterday for allegedly harassing and abusing Latino citizens regularly, but the local mayor knew just the verbal Band-Aid for the situation. Asked by a reporter, “What are you doing for the Latino community today?,” East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo said he might eat tacos. What? Come on! No, not funny? This guy. “The question that was asked, ‘what are you going to do tonight?’ was not, like I said, an in-depth question,” said Maturo in a piss-poor apology yesterday. “I did not give an in-depth answer.”

Maturo’s exact words are on video. He says, “I might have tacos when I go home, I’m not quite sure yet.” Challenged by the reporter, Maturo’s word-diarrhea gets worse. “I might have spaghetti tonight, being of Italian descent,” he goes on. “I’ve had ethnic food, and when you asked me what I was doing for Latinos tonight, I may go out and have a Latino dinner in the Latino community. There is nothing wrong with that.”

And he just couldn’t fathom the uproar: “To say we got the mayor in a gotcha, if that’s what the press wants to do, I don’t think they’re helping the situation,” said Maturo.

Today, he’s released a statement that thankfully does not require to him to speak words out loud or on the spot. “My sincerest apologies go out to the East Haven community and, in particular, the Latino community for the insensitive and off-collar [sic] comment that I made to WPIX reporter Mario Diaz yesterday regarding the recent events affecting our community and our police department,” says the official repentance. “Unfortunately, I let the stress of the situation get the best of me and inflamed what is already a serious and unfortunate situation. I regret my insensitive comment and realize that it is my job to lead by example.”

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