The political fallout continued over the police theft and bribery scandal, as the state’s ACLU chief (pictured) accused the mayor of ducking responsibility and questions about the affair by “scapegoating” another prominent black leader with accusations of a “shakedown.”

“The mayor should be spending more attention” on problems in the police department “than on character assassination in the black community,” the ACLU’s Roger Vann said Sunday. “The mayor obviously woke up and realized he had a problem with youth and violence in the city. He’s been absent without leave for two years trying to become governor of Connecticut.”

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