Law
7:20 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Racial Profiling Expert: Alamance Sheriff's Office Targeted Hispanic Drivers

Federal Building, Winston-Salem
Credit Jessica Jones

The U.S. Department of Justice has accused Sheriff Johnson of racially profiling and illegally detaining members of the Hispanic community. Yesterday attorneys for the federal government called John Lamberth, a social psychologist, to the stand. He's an expert on racial profiling.

Lamberth conducted a study using data from 2008 to 2013 showing that Hispanics in Alamance County were seven times more likely to be given tickets than other people.

But attorneys for Sheriff Johnson say their client is innocent of the charges, and that he did not target Hispanics more than other groups.