East Haven, Conn., Police Chief Leonard Gallo held on to his job for a while, but a federal investigation into allegations that four officers from his department engaged in racial profiling finally claimed his career. Gallo, who had been chief for 14 years, announced his retirement Monday through his lawyer. The FBI is investigating whether a handful of Gallo’s subordinates harassed Latino residents. All four have pleaded not guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and deprivation of rights, but Gallo felt it would be best for the community if he stepped down. His attorney maintains that Gallo is not guilty of any wrongdoing and that the department did not condone racial profiling. Gallo was suspended in April 2010 after the FBI launched the investigation but was reinstated in November of that year after his friend won the mayor’s office.
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