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After Latino Remarks, Connecticut Mayor to Get 500 Tacos

Hemera/Thinkstock(EAST HAVEN, Conn.) -- After the mayor of East Haven, Conn., quipped that he would rebuild relations with his town’s Latino community by having tacos for dinner, an immigration rights group on Thursday said it will help those inflammatory dinner plans come true. 

Reform Immigration for America in Washington, D.C., will deliver 500 tacos to Mayor Joseph Maturo’s office at 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The group launched a “text for taco” campaign Wednesday, asking people to text “Taco” to 69866 to show support for the East Haven Latino community and condemn Maturo’s comments.

The mayor’s remarks followed news that four of the town’s cops had been charged with abusing the rights of Latinos.

“We want to make it very, very clear that the mayor’s language is not only offensive but it is inappropriate,” said Henry Fernandez, the local spokesman for Reform Immigration for America.

The mayor’s “taco” remarks on Tuesday came just hours after three East Haven police officers and one sergeant were arrested for allegedly racially profiling and discriminating against Latinos following a three-year-long FBI investigation. They have been charged with “conspiracy against rights” for conspiring to, “injure, oppress, threaten, and intimidate” Latinos, conducting illegal searches and making false arrests, according to the indictment.

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By Thursday morning more than 2,200 people had texted their support to send the mountain of tacos to Maturo. Despite the group’s pledge to send one taco for every text, Fernandez said they capped the delivery at 500, the “sheer capacity” of which “will make the point.”

Maturo has apologized for the remarks multiple times over the past two days, but stood by his officers, saying they are innocent until proven guilty.

Maturo declined to comment on Thursday’s taco delivery.

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Connecticut Mayor Apologizes for Taco Crack

Hemera/Thinkstock(EAST HAVEN, Conn.) -- An East Haven, Conn., mayor is in hot water after saying he would connect with his town’s Latino community by having tacos for dinner.

His comments came hours after four East Haven police officers were arrested Tuesday by the FBI for civil rights violations after allegedly using excessive force against Latinos.

When asked by a reporter what he would do for the Latino community, Mayor Joseph Maturo responded, “I might have tacos when I go home. I’m not quite sure yet.”

And when the reporter pointed out that, “that’s not really the comment to say right now,” Maturo continued: “I might have spaghetti tonight, being of Italian descent,” he said. “I could go out and have, I’ve had ethnic food and when you asked me what I was doing for Latinos tonight, I may go out and have a Latino dinner in the Latino community. There’s nothing wrong with that. And you can twist it and turn it whichever way the press decides to do.”

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy was quick to condemn the comments, saying in a statement Wednesday that Maturo’s statements were “repugnant” and “unacceptable.”

Maturo apologized shortly Wednesday in both a radio interview and an official statement.

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Texas Jail Guard Guilty of Sneaking Hacksaw Blade in Taco

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(BEXAR COUNTY, Texas) -- A former Texas jail guard faces up to 20 years in prison for smuggling tacos packed with hacksaw blades to an inmate facing murder charges.

Alfred Casas, 31, was found guilty in a Bexar County courtroom on Tuesday of two counts of bribery and one count of providing an implement for escape. His sentencing hearings began Wednesday.

Casas testified in his defense, saying he thought the tacos were packed with chorizo and eggs, not blades, when he gave them to inmate Jacob Keller in 2009.

Keller's former girlfriend, Tiffany Contreras, testified during the trial that she put the blades in the tacos and gave them to Casas in a parking lot near the Bexar County Jail.

"I said here's the food. The bottom three have the blades and the two tacos on top don't have them," Contreras told jurors last week.

Contreras, 28, gave Casas black market Xanax in exchange for delivering the tacos.

Adriana Biggs said that Bexar County authorities discovered the contraband during a routine inspection of the inmates' cells.

"They had clothes that had been dyed to appear as though they were civilian clothes. They also found some sheets that had been tied like a rope...The inspection also revealed that some of the metal bars had been sawed through," Biggs said.

Three hacksaw blades were found, Biggs said. The items were uncovered in a series of cells and after talking to two inmates, they were given Keller's name. Keller revealed the name of his girlfriend, Contreras. Contreras ultimately admitted to the taco plot.

Biggs said that Contreras has not been charged with a crime despite her admission.

"Although she's exposed to criminal liability, Tiffany Contreras came and testified fully and we believe truthfully and we will take that in consideration," Biggs said. "At this time, I do not see us charging Tiffany Contreras."

The inmate, Keller, was not charged for accepting the contraband or conspiring to escape jail since he is already serving a 21-year prison sentence for double murder. The two other inmates, 34-year-old Edward Mertins and 43-year-old David Hallmon, were charged with conspiracy to commit an escape. They have not yet been tried, Biggs said.

Casas was arrested on Dec. 24, 2009 while on duty at the jail. Casas' defense team claimed that he was treated harshly when he was arrested and that led to a false confession.

Prosecutors said that Casas had developed an addiction to Xanax from a back problem and would do anything for the drug, including smuggling contraband to inmates.

This is the third conviction in two months in which a guard from the Bexar County jail has been found guilty of smuggling contraband to inmates through food. Earlier this week, a jail guard was found guilty of smuggling a cell phone in a pack of Ramen Noodles, the San Antonio Express News reported. Two months ago, another guard was found guilty of smuggling heroin in barbacoa tacos, the paper reported.

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Miss San Antonio Domonique Ramirez Wins Crown Back

ABC News(SAN ANTONIO) -- Ousted Miss San Antonio Domonique Ramirez won her crown back after a courtroom battle with pageant directors who allegedly claimed she'd gained too much weight.

"I feel great. I've only had like two hours of sleep this morning and I woke up happy. My family is behind me, my lawyers are behind me…I have a large support group and I thank God for that every day," Ramirez said in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America.

Ramirez, 17, took the Miss Bexar County Organization to court in February, claiming in a lawsuit that she had been unfairly stripped of her title in January.

Ramirez claimed that a pageant director told her that she needed to drop weight at a bikini photo shoot. The five-foot-eight teen weighs 129 pounds.

"She told me I need to drop 13 pounds and I needed to lay off the tacos," Ramirez said.

The pageant board claims that the dethroning of Ramirez stemmed less from her weight and more from her performance as Miss San Antonio. The board said the teen didn't represent the city well. They claim Ramirez turned up late to events and didn't send thank-you notes.

After more than 11 hours of deliberation, the jury disagreed with pageant officials on Thursday, ruling that Ramirez deserved her crown.

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