A two-year investigation by the Justice Department has found that the Alamance County sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminated against Latinos. In an 11-page report issued Tuesday, the department said Sheriff Terry S. Johnson and his deputies violated the constitutional rights of citizens and legal residents by illegally stopping, detaining and arresting Latinos without probable cause. The department also said Sheriff Johnson tried to obstruct the investigation by withholding documents and falsifying records. Department of Homeland Security officials said they were “troubled” by the report. They canceled a cooperative program on immigration enforcement with the Sheriff’s Department and restricted its access to a federal fingerprinting program that identifies illegal immigrants.
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