Justice Department says NC sheriff and deputies discriminate against Latinos

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Submitted: Wed, 09/19/2012 - 1:40am
Updated: Wed, 09/19/2012 - 2:35am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice says a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminate against Latinos.

Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson has been a proponent of a federal program that allowed local law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of those they detain, potentially triggering deportation. The Department of Homeland Security announced this year it was discontinuing the program following widespread complaints of racial profiling.

The Justice Department determined that Johnson’s deputies violated the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens by illegally targeting, stopping and arresting Latinos without probable cause. The agency also says Johnson obstructed the federal investigation, with members of his department fearing retaliation if they cooperated.

A spokesman for Johnson said Tuesday he is still digesting the 11-page report, but will respond.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Because it seems the Obama Administration has no intention of enforcing Federal Regulations on Immigration. Newsflash if Americans pulled the crap that Latinos are pulling sneaking into this country it would be minimum 2 yrs the 1st time in a Mexican jail.. Somebody has to do it since Holder and company wont.