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Jackson County Sheriff's Office Faces Targeting Accusations
Written by Blake Hodge   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 12:05

SYLVA -- Complaints filed into the ACLU of North Carolina have led to changes in how the Jackson County Sheriff's Office will conduct future traffic checkpoints. The complaints reported the sheriff's office was targeting minorities. ACLU of NC Attorney Raul Pinto says he hopes more counties will follow Jackson County in changing how checkpoints are executed.

Pinto said, "We want the checkpoints to be conducted in accordance to the law. We feel like the policy changes that were adopted help the sheriff's office do just that, certify how they're being done."

As part of the changes, the sheriff's office will no longer execute their checkpoints in cooperation with Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents. Several complaints centered on a seat belt checkpoint in 2012 conducted with Federal ICE Agents that resulted in the arrest of 15 undocumented immigrants.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 12:11
 
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