Trial of NC sheriff over alleged racial profiling of Latinos nears close

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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — The federal trial of a North Carolina sheriff accused of illegally targeting Latino drivers is nearing its close.

Final arguments are expected Friday at the trial of Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson.

The U.S. Justice Department accuses Johnson of violating the constitutional rights of citizens and legal residents by 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 testified in his own defense Thursday, denying that he is racist or directed his deputies to engage in racial profiling. It could take weeks for U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder to issue a verdict in the case.

Johnson is seeking re-election in November.

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