RALEIGH, N.C. — Federal prosecutors say Alamance Co. deputies accused of illegally targeting Latino drivers shared links to a bloody video game in which players shoot people entering the country illegally, according to the Associated Press.
According to the report, lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department filed documents this week in their complaint against Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson, who is accused of violating the rights of citizens and legal residents by detaining and arresting Latinos without probable cause.
A two-year investigation revealed in 2012 said the U.S. Dept. of Justice determined the the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office routinely discriminated against Latinos and engaged in a pattern or practice of misconduct that violated the Constitution and federal law.
Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to find in their favor without a trial, citing “extensive evidence of racial bias.”
Johnson’s lawyer said in an email that the sheriff denies the allegations. According to the report, his lawyers filed their own motion Sunday seeking to have the case dismissed.
“Sheriff Johnson and his office have not engaged in a pattern or practice of intentionally treating Latinos differently due to their ethnicity,” Chuck Kitchen wrote in the motion.
According to the government’s motion, a high-ranking deputy emailed out the link to the violent 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 motion says. “Blood splatters on the screen as the figures are shot, and the final screen of the game shows how many ‘wetbacks’ one has killed.”
Full report: Associated Press