In 2010, Rights Working Group staff worked with the ACLU of North Carolina and other local RWG members and allies to compile 287(g)-related complaints and submit them to the Department of Justice. This September, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) released findings following its own investigation of the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO). Read more about the DOJ’s findings on racial profiling in Alamance County, which included findings that ACSO engages in a pattern of discriminatory conduct targeting Latinos. In response to the findings, the Department of Homeland Security has terminated ACSO’s participation in the 287(g) Program and has restricted ACSO’s access to the Secure Communities Program.
DOJ found that:
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.”