Alamance County immigration battle heats up

Local Tea Party steps in to defend racial profiling Sheriff:

Fairness Alamance is inciting “racism for political gain” as part of an agenda to oust Sheriff Terry Johnson in the November elections, says Alamance County Tea Party organizer Steve Carter.

The statement also claims that Fairness Alamance “has consistently harassed the Sheriff’s Department over this issue, while costing Alamance County taxpayers more and more money even after the Justice Department has proven that everything was above board.”

That last part might be mildly compelling, if it were true. But it's not.

The DOJ investigation into the Sheriff's Department is far from over:

The Justice Department has issued no statement regarding any outcome of the investigation into alleged profiling of Hispanics by the sheriff’s office. A Justice spokeswoman said Tuesday that the investigation is continuing.

When informed of this, Carter said: “The way I understood it, was they’ve been here once and left already, and then they came back. And they didn’t find any problems the first time.”

Carter said he thinks Fairness’ claims “are pretty much unfounded.

“I’ve looked at this issue myself, from the perspective of a citizen, and a perspective of what’s going on in the community,” he continued. “And I’ve done ride-alongs with the sheriff’s department to watch what they’re trying to do and how they’re trying to enforce the law.”

Brilliant assessment, Einstein. That makes about as much sense as a uniformed deputy saying, "I stood in that Quickie Mart for four hours and nobody stole anything. This whole 'shoplifting' issue is just a myth."

In a related story, the County Attorney is doing his level best to hinder the Department of Justice investigation itself:

U.S. Justice Department attorneys violated ethical rules when they contacted a reserve county deputy for an interview as part of their investigation into allegations of racial profiling by the sheriff’s office, Alamance County Attorney Clyde Albright said.

By seeking interviews before fully scrutinizing arrest data and the other documents, Justice has essentially put the investigative cart before the horse, Albright said. “So what are we doing interviewing our officers when we have no evidence of any profiling?” he said. “But I think in order to do this in an orderly fashion, you should have a plan that we all agree on. And let’s sit down and work it out and follow the plan.

“What I don’t want happening, and what disturbs me about all this,” Albright added, “is the fishing expedition that appears to be ongoing by the political activist groups. If we’re going to have an investigation, let’s have an investigation. Let’s don’t do it by 1-800-number call-in.”

Albright was referring to recent attempts by Fairness Alamance, a local citizens’ advocacy group, to encourage those who felt they had been victims of profiling by sheriff’s deputies to call the Justice Department.

Right. When citizens feel their civil rights have been violated, and they contact the Civil Rights Division of (their) Federal Department of Justice to seek redress, the response is a "fishing expedition".

Albright thinks that the investigation will show that the sheriff’s office hasn’t engaged in racial profiling. His review of the documents, he said, found no evidence that any Latinos were targeted and profiled.

So how many Hispanics and how many law enforcement officers have you interviewed/questioned about this? I didn't think so.

Comments

There's no racism in Alamance County

You must be mistaken. Where's your proof? Aren't you being irrational? You're generalizing from one person to ... um ... that person. Aren't you pursuing a vendetta against the illusion of bigotry when you yourself are probably one, too? Defend you decision to write about this. I'm waiting.

Heh :)

You forgot, "If you took the time to try to understand their position..."