Feds clear Alamance sheriff for federal grants after he's cleared in civil rights case

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — The U.S. Justice Department is allowing a North Carolina sheriff's department to receive federal funds after a court dismissed allegations that he ordered deputies to violate the civil rights of Hispanic residents.

Governor's Crime Commission Executive Director David Huffman said Thursday that he received notice this week that Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson's agency could again seek the federal funds.

Huffman says Johnson's agency had been blocked from applying for a piece of about $5 million divided among North Carolina law enforcement agencies since a federal civil rights lawsuit filed in 2012.

A federal judge in August dismissed the government's case alleging Alamance deputies targeted Latinos for traffic stops. The judge ruled the Justice Department failed to demonstrate a pattern of unconstitutional law enforcement. The decision is being appealed.

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