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.

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Sheriff Johnson is unopposed this cycle

Sheriff Johnson will thus be in office for nearly 5 more years, at least.

He and his supporters have said all along that this case is political. If so, DOJ has apparently failed.

Meanwhile, we citizens in Alamance County saw our property taxes go up this year, while our school system cut over 50 classroom jobs. Our reactionary County Commission has already authorized hundreds of thousands to pay for outside counsel for Sheriff Johnson. Our highly paid rightwing ideologue County Attorney, Clyde Albright, is apparently too busy.

Even worse, DOJ invited ACSO to negotiate a settlement, but the Sheriff, backed by the commissioners, has refused. At first I thought they were thinking Romney would win the election and his DOJ would drop the case. Every attorney I have asked has told me that it would a relatively simple matter for the County and ACSO to settle the case without anyone needing to admit wrongdoing.

So instead, our county will continue to endure embarrassing publicity, which will only get worse if and when the case comes to trial.

In today's Burlington Times-News, Sheriff Johnson is quoted as saying "I'm just going to be honest with you. There is a lot of lying going on." That would be dozens of people, committing perjury under oath in their depositions, because "The DOJ wants me bad.", according to him.

So let's see. Our all-powerful, politicized DOJ under feckless Atty. General Eric Holder, which won't go after Arpaio in the huge Phoenix area, is going gangbusters after Terry Johnso. Allrighty then...

Our weekly paper, The Alamance-News, is even more conservative than the Times-News, and always supports the sheriff. Even so, they have extensive quotes, they name names, and have a good summary of the history of the case. As it happens, their online replica issue is free this week at www.Alamancenews.us