Trial begins for Alamance Co. sheriff accused of targeting Latino drivers

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — The trial of Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson is set to begin today.

The Department of Justice claims that Johnson’s office practiced discriminatory policing and unconstitutional searches by targeting Latino drivers.

The trial begins Tuesday, four years after an investigation was launched into claims.

The lawsuit claims that the department has encouraged a number of discriminatory policing practices.

It also states that the sheriff’s office placed a high number of traffic checkpoints outside predominately Latino neighborhoods than in other areas, causing drivers to be checked each time they left their homes.

The lawsuit also claims that Latino drivers were racially profiled and often stopped without reason.

Since these allegations came out, Sheriff Johnson has repeatedly denied the claims.

This story is developing

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