Terry Johnson

Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson
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The sheriff’s department is the oldest institution of law enforcement in the United States. And still today, they get a lot of respect in their communities.

One of the longest serving sheriffs in North Carolina is Terry Johnson in Alamance County. Johnson’s involvement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE is admired by many of his constituents, but feared by others.

Federal Building Winston-Salem
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  The trial of Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson is expected to conclude Friday in federal court. The U.S. Department of Justice brough a lawsuit against the sheriff, accusing him to have profiled Latinos by ordering road-blocks in minority neighborhoods, and for calling on his deputies to arrest and detain Hispanics, without probable cause. He denied those claims Thursday, taking the witness stand in his own defense. Federal prosecutors tried to call Johnson's credibility into question by repeatedly trying to impeach him under cross examination.

Defense attorneys will call more witnesses today at a federal trial alleging racial profiling by the Alamance County Sheriff.

Among the possible witnesses is Sam Page, an outspoken supporter of border control and increased deportations.