by Stephen Dunn
Maturo has been at the center of a controversy since WPIX-TV reporter Mario Diaz asked him what he was going to do for East Haven’s Latino community in the wake of the arrest of four police officers on harassment and intimidation charges.
“I might have tacos when I go home. I’m not quite sure yet,” he said.
The media and the public jumped on his “flippant” statement and the public relations firestorm began for the mayor. Soon the arrests of four of his police officers who were arrested Tuesday after a long federal investigation, were all but forgotten. They were charged with crimes against members of the town’s Latino community ranging from beating handcuffed suspects to obstructing justice.
Mayor Joseph Maturo insisted he would not resign on Thursday, even while an immigration reform group brought 500 tacos to his office in response to his comment.
When I met the mayor in his office Wednesday, he seemed like a very nice guy who likes to tell jokes and kid around. I think from now on, he may have to pre-edit what comes out of his mouth.
This is the photo that told the story on the front page on Thursday.
PRO TIP: Keep your head down and do your job. The mayor invited us into his office to read a statement of apology. He planned on standing behind his lecturn and reading his notes. This, of course, is boring for photos. My job is to subtley photograph the mayor anywhere but the lecturn and hope to capture a “real” moment, not a rehearsed one.