Italian-American group sues New Haven to return Columbus statue, claims city biased against them

Oct 28, 2021 275

BY: Ed Stannard

A charitable organization made up of Italian-American women has sued the city, seeking to bring back the Christopher Columbus statue to Wooster Square Park. The American Italian Women for Greater New Haven claim in the suit that the city, through Mayor Justin Elicker and the Board of Parks Commissioners, among others, violated their rights to due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment, as well as their First Amendment rights and Civil Rights Act protections, when the statue was removed June 24, 2020.

The group, represented by Patty Cofrancesco of East Haven, claims in the suit the removal constituted a “denial of enjoyment of a public accommodation” and the city “unlawfully discriminated against them on the basis of their national origin by denying them full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of Wooster Square Park.”

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SOURCE: https://www.nhregister.com

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