Meanwhile, in North Carolina, a sheriff, Terry Johnson of Alamance County, is on trial this month, accused by the Justice Department of rampant racial-profiling abuses against Latinos. Two retired supervising deputies testified at the trial that Sheriff Johnson had told officers not to give Latino drivers traffic citations, but to take them directly to jail.
Starting in 2007, Sheriff Johnson was a partner in the federal 287(g) program, which trains local officials as immigration agents. The government revoked that agreement in 2012. As with Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., an inveterate immigrant victimizer whose 287(g) authority was belatedly curtailed, Sheriff Johnson seems to be a prime exhibit of the dangers of outsourcing immigration authority to peace officers who don’t get the memo, or heed the Constitution.
No doubt many of my fellow Alamance County-ites consider Terry Johnson some kind of hero, but I'm sure that would change if a burned-out tail-light landed them in jail until somebody checked and double-checked their papers. Which (of course) will never happen to these navel-gazers, since they are sporting the preferred skin color.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:15am
The Department of Justice filed documents this week showing evidence that officers in the Alamance County deputies - some in leadership positions - shared and joked about a violent racist video game.
“Captain Mario Wiley emailed several other ACSO employees a link to a game premised on shooting stereotypical Mexican figures, including pregnant women and children, as they attempt to cross the U.S. border,” the document explains. “Blood splatters on the screen as the figures are shot, and the final screen of the game shows how many ‘wetbacks’ one has killed.”
Submitted by scharrison on Sat, 11/24/2012 - 5:31pm
The color of your skin or the sound of your name is probable cause for persecution:
That same year, Johnson arrested more than 100 Latinos at a local Division of Motor Vehicles office and accused them of using phony documents to obtain driver's licenses. In 2004, according to Hannah Gill, a researcher at the University of North Carolina, Johnson proposed that deputies visit the homes of people with Latino surnames to root out voter fraud.
I think the thing that is most frightening about this is the fact that voters seem to love this guy, which could encourage other sheriffs to follow his bigoted example.
A North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminated against Hispanics - a group he referred to as 'taco eaters' - by making unwarranted arrests with the goal of ramping up deportations, according to a two-year probe by the U.S. Department of Justice.
If you follow the link, you'll be following it all the way to the United Kingdom. Seriously, is this the kind of reputation we North Carolinians want to have in the rest of the world? That we round up/lock up people based on the color of their skin? That might please the barking dogs in the GOP's back yard, but it should scare the shit out of the rest of us.
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