A two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminated against Latinos by making unwarranted arrests with the intent of maximizing deportations.
In an 11-page report issued Tuesday, the federal agency said Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson (shown here at left) and his deputies violated the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens and legal residents by illegally targeting, stopping, detaining and arresting Latinos without probable cause, according to a report by The Associated Press.
A Republican first elected in 2002, Johnson suggested the probe was a political.
"We have never discriminated against Spanish speaking persons in any way, shape or form," the sheriff said Tuesday. "The Obama administration has decided to continue to wage war on local law enforcement."
Read what the AP report to see what the sheriff is accused of doing.
-- The Associated Press.