Reports out of East Haven, CT, the town where four police officers were arrested by the FBI last week for racial profiling Latino residents and where its mayor faced an Internet firestorm for suggesting that he would eat tacos for dinner as a way to reach out to the Latino community, have confirmed that Police Chief Leonard Gallo will has resigned and will leave his post in February.
As reported by The Associated Press, Gallo was previously suspended in April 2010 but returned this the post when his friend and East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo won his election. The Courant also offers a very detailed account of Gallo's retirement.
As Maturo faced an Internet tsunami for his controversial comments last week, calls for Gallo's resignation surfaced, including an online petition that generated over 15,000 signatures.
This is what the originators of the petition, Reform Immigration for America, posted on their site this morning: