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There's nothing funny, at all, about the years of civil rights violations that took place in East Haven, Conn., where four officers were arrested yesterday for routinely abusing their power and intimidating Latinos who entered the suburb.

What is funny is this video of idiot East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo telling WPIX reporter Mario Diaz "I might have tacos when I go home" in response to the question "what are you doing for the Latino community today?" It's like the best episode of The Office ever, except that it represents a real-life top-down culture of ugly racist incompetence instead of a cute fictional world of good intentions and happy endings.

Update: Mauro apologized for his comments this morning on a radio morning show:

Wednesday morning, speaking on WPLR-FM's Chaz and AJ morning show, Maturo said "It was stupid, it was insensitive and I gave my detractors... a reason to make matters worse with a 'gotcha' and an insensitive and stupid answer to something I should have never said."

Maturo said the radio interview would be the first and only interview he would give today. "I think I got myself in enough hot water yesterday," he said.

[WPIX, Patch, Courant via Ta-Nehisi Coates]