Alamance officers shared and joked about violent racist video game
The Department of Justice filed documents this week showing evidence that officers in the Alamance County deputies - some in leadership positions - shared and joked about a violent racist video game.
“Captain Mario Wiley emailed several other ACSO employees a link to a game premised on shooting stereotypical Mexican figures, including pregnant women and children, as they attempt to cross the U.S. border,” the document explains. “Blood splatters on the screen as the figures are shot, and the final screen of the game shows how many ‘wetbacks’ one has killed.”
The DOJ filed a lawsuit in December against Sheriff Terry Johnson after studies showed that Hispanic drivers were six times more likely to be stopped in Alamance County. Johnson has been called "NC's Joe Arpaio".
WFMY combed through almost 700 pages of documents filed by the DOJ:
Former Sheriff Deputy Adam Nicholson filed a sworn statement saying it was common for the sheriff's office to set up checkpoints around areas with mostly Hispanic residents.
He wrote about two incidents where he says Sheriff Johnson told him to target Hispanics at the Rocky Top Mobile Home Park, saying Johnson told him to "Get the Mexicans out of there."
Another former Sheriff Deputy, Steve Perry, wrote in a sworn statement Sheriff Johnson told him, "I want you to lock up any
Mexican that you can."
In January, Johnson, a Republican, announced his intention to run for his fourth term in office - I'm not sure if anyone wound up filing to run against him.