(CNN) - The FBI has arrested three East Haven, Connecticut, police patrol officers and one sergeant for their alleged role in the mistreatment of Latinos - the first arrests to stem from a federal investigation into racial profiling in that town.
The men allegedly threatened and assaulted detainees, made false arrests - including one against a local clergy member - and later conspired to cover up evidence of their conduct by falsifying reports and blocking an investigation, prosecutors said Tuesday during a news conference in Bridgeport.
Sgt. John Miller and officers David Cari, Dennis Spaulding and Jason Zullo were arrested early Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to "injure, oppress, threaten, and intimidate various members of the East Haven community," profiling residents during traffic stops, performing illegal searches and harassing Latino business owners and their advocates, according to the indictment.
"They behaved like bullies with badges," said Janice Fedarcyk, assistant FBI director in New York.