A Connecticut mayor's flip comment turns into a political blunder.
East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo came under harsh criticism Wednesday after he told a TV reporter “I might have tacos," according to MSNBC. The remark came after Maturo was asked how he would support local Latinos after the arrest of four police officers, who are accused of racially profiling Latino residents in the area.
Meanwhile, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was incensed, calling the comments "repugnant" and "unacceptable," according to MSNBC. Some locals say the mayor should resign.
Maturo issued a public apology which stated: “My sincerest apologies go out to the East Haven community and, in particular, the Latino community for the insensitive and off-color comment that I made to WPIX reporter Mario Diaz yesterday regarding the recent events affecting our community and our police department,” the statement said. “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."
Federal officials announced on Tuesday that the four officers, one sergeant and three patrol officers had been arrested following an FBI investigation, according to CNN.
Latinos make up about 10 percent of the population in East Haven, according to 2010 census data.