Graham, NC - The U.S. Department of Justice issued a scathing report on Tuesday accusing the Alamance County Sheriffs office of breaking the law by, "policies and practices that deny Latinos equal protection of the law and erodes public confidence in law enforcement."
In an eleven page report from the D.O.J, the report quotes Sheriff Johnson instructing his deputies, "If you stop a Mexican, don't write a citation, arrest him."
Sheriff Johnson spoke with News 2's Patrick Phillippi Wednesday morning and strongly denied the accusations.
He said his department doesn't discriminate against Latinos or anybody else, and that "I am looking forward to my day in court."
The report goes on the quote the sheriff as referring to Latinos as "taco eaters."
The D.O.J. claims the Alamance County Sheriff's office was four to ten times more likely to stop Latino drivers and that deputies detained Latinos when there was no basis to do so.
The Sheriff's office has until the end of the month to respond to the report.
The D.O.J. says it will seek legal action if changes aren't made.
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