Burlington newspaper disputes Alamance County sheriff's testimony about Sunday checkpoints


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BURLINGTON, North Carolina — Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson testified in a federal trial that his deputies only conducted traffic checkpoints on Sundays when they were necessary for public safety.

But records obtained by the Times-News of Burlington (http://bit.ly/1tTBK1O ) show the sheriff's office conducted 35 checkpoints on Sundays since 2010.

The U.S. Justice Department accuses Johnson of detaining and arresting Latinos without probable cause. Among the government's claims is that Johnson ordered special roadblocks in neighborhoods where Latinos live, during which those with brown skin were stopped while whites were waved through.

Johnson's lawyer told the judge the sheriff didn't do Sunday checkpoints because Alamance County largely is a Christian county.

The trial wrapped up last month and a judge is expected to rule by the end of the year.

Information from: Times-News, http://www.thetimesnews.com

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