Attorney: NC sheriff won’t settle profiling claims

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Submitted: Thu, 09/27/2012 - 12:54am
Updated: Thu, 09/27/2012 - 12:54am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An attorney for the North Carolina sheriff accused of illegally arresting Latinos without probable cause to boost deportations says the lawman isn’t interested in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department.

Attorney S.C. Kitchen told government lawyers on Wednesday that Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson hasn’t done wrong and his deputies don’t discriminate.

Johnson has been a supporter 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 after widespread complaints of racial profiling.

The Justice Department said last week Johnson abused his authority by ordering his deputies to find reasons to arrest motorists who appeared Latino while letting white drivers off with warnings.

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3 Comments on "Attorney: NC sheriff won’t settle profiling claims"

2015 years 8 months ago

Racial profiling means that the right people are getting caught and we can’t have that now, can we?

2015 years 8 months ago

Law enforcement officers — anywhere don’t have to go out and find reasons or excuses to make an arrest. All of those arrestee’s will find the law enforcement officers. “Latino, Mexican, a/k/a: Hispanic Criminals and Illegal aliens top the criminal lists. Do the math folks, Look at the NCDOJ stats. These Illegal Hispanic Criminals are not our friends as they want us to think.
Until our State enacts a real Illegal Alien Employment Labor Law for once, w/enforcement & fines thru the State Depts. of Labor & Revenue; this attitude will always persist. Cut their labor off and they will leave. Give their jobs to: bonified North Carolineans.

2015 years 8 months ago

This is no different then the witchhunt the DOJ under Obama has been on against Maricopa County AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio for enforcing the laws the Feds have absolved themselves of doing. Reality is obviously the people caught were illegals and needed the boot. Then again heaven forbid they should actually enforce the law and protect our borders. We have serious border issues and Obama and Co write it off as just hardworking people wanting a better life. First, what about the 28 million people who live here legally as citizens and others who are out of work. They deserve priority. Secondly, we have alot of others coming across who’s purpose is much more nefarious to include drug runners and in a couple cases highly suspected that possible terrorists have come across our border. (if you doubt that you need to do a search regarding the fact that members of Hamas and other middle eastern terrorist organizations have been seen in Mexico in discussions with the drug cartels, ironic since the Muslim faith is very much against drugs supposedly, but I guess its ok to do business with the drug lords if it further there goals to infiltrate this country and eventually carry off a major terrorist attack on this country).