Department of Justice files appeal in discrimination case against Alamance County Sheriff

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Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. – The U.S. Department of Justice plans to appeal a federal ruling that dismissed its case against Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson.

The judge in the case found that the Department of Justice did not prove its case against Sheriff Johnson who had been accused of racially profiling Latinos in Alamance County.

The DOJ began its investigation in 2010 after getting complaints about racial profiling. The trial began last year, four years after an investigation was launched into the claims.

The lawsuit claimed the department encouraged a number of discriminatory policing practices and that Latino drivers were racially profiled and often stopped without reason.