The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced findings today that the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) in North Carolina had engaged in a pattern of discriminatory conduct targeting Latinos.
The DOJ launched an investigation in June 2010 and found, according to a press release on its website, that:
ACSO engages in substandard reporting and monitoring practices that mask its discriminatory conduct.
Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division condemned ACSO for engaging in an “egregious pattern” of racial profiling and hindering police community relations.
“The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office’s egregious pattern of racial profiling violates the Constitution and federal laws, creates distrust between the police and the community and inhibits the reporting of crime and cooperation in criminal investigations,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “Constitutional policing and effective law enforcement go hand-in-hand. We hope to resolve the concerns outlined in our findings by working collaboratively with ACSO, but we will not hesitate to take appropriate legal action if ACSO chooses a different course.”