That's "burden" as in potentially millions of dollars, according to experts familiar with other police abuse civil rights cases.
Connecticut had a law on the books for more than a decade that was supposed to prevent racial profiling by local police by requiring cops to report who they were stopping for traffic violations and why. But the Alvin Penn Act (named for a black lawmaker who proposed the law after he was racially profiled) was never enforced or funded.
The huge East Haven scandal finally triggered a response in the General Assembly, and the state is now putting into effect a revamped reporting system that experts believe will allow police departments and the state to monitor and prevent future racial profiling scandals.
Meanwhile, the East Haven civil lawsuit drama will continue to play out.
Cari and Spaulding are two of the defendants named in the civil suit. Another is former Officer Jason Zullo, who, along with former Sgt. John Miller, pleaded guilty to civil rights violations and awaits sentencing.
One of the others named in the lawsuit is former Chief Leonard Gallo.
Gallo was a close ally of Maturo's and is believed to be the "Co-Conspirator 1" repeatedly referred to in the original federal indictments of the four East Haven cops. He has not been charged as he was allowed to retire after the scandal broke.
Maturo originally hired Gallo as chief back in 1998 during Maturo's first go-round as mayor. Gallo was put on leave by Maturo's successor, and when Maturo was reelected in 2011, he quickly returned Gallo to the chief's post.
There was lots of speculation that way more than four East Haven police would be indicted and that Gallo would be among them. Gallo has denied any wrongdoing.
One source familiar with the investigation, who asked not to be identified, says federal law enforcement officials apparently felt the federal five-year statute of limitations had already run out on several potential charges against other East Haven police.
Maturo's connections to Gallo and to the long-running police-abuse scandal are certain to have a major impact on the mayoral race being decided next month.
A Republican who has served as mayor for 12 of the past 16 years (years when the racial profiling by local cops was apparently at its worst), Maturo is up against Democrat John "Jack" Stacey.
For many outsiders, it's kind of weird to think that a guy like Maturo could survive this kind of hellish scandal and actually get reelected.
But then some weird things have been going on in East Haven for a long time.