The Department of Justice has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson, three months after it released a comprehensive investigative report which alleged a practice of racial profiling and discrimination by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) against Latinos in Alamance County.
“This is an abuse of power case involving a sheriff who misuses his position of authority to unlawfully target Latinos in Alamance County,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “Sheriff Johnson’s directives and leadership have caused ACSO to violate the constitutional rights of Latinos in Alamance County and eroded public trust in ACSO.”
The Justice Department seeks a court enforceable, comprehensive, written agreement that will ensure long term structural, cultural and institutional change at ACSO.
This kind of discrimination and public policy, no matter how secret or unwritten, has no place in North Carolina. The ACSO has tarnished the reputation of our state. Shame on you, Sheriff Johnson. Our North Carolina welcomes everyone and treats them with the dignity and respect we all deserve. That’s the kind of place we will continue to uplift North Carolina to be.