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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is
investigating complaints that immigration detainees have been
mistreated at the Wake County jail in Raleigh.

The agency’s civil rights chief sent a letter last month
announcing the probe to the North Carolina chapter of the American
Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU had coordinated a group of 57
complaints from people detained at the jail in 2009 and 2010.

The complaints include allegations that people were called
racial slurs, not informed of their rights and forced to sign their
names to documents.

The Homeland Security Department oversees a program in which
participating law enforcement agencies assist the federal
government on immigration policies.

Wake County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens says the
department is waiting to be formally notified of the investigation
before responding.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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