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Jane Alamance 
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Re: “Criminal minds: racial profiling in Alamance County

Make no mistake, the Alamance County Sheriff's Department, targets more than just Latinos; they target the poor with citations for minor offences and add any charge they can, such as "driver left of center," and "contributing to the del. of a minor," and "resisting a public officer." They target the poor because they know a paid attorney is out reach and the public defenders will convince everyone to take a guilty plea and a fine because they are part of the corrupt system and want to stay on the defender list and stay employed. I've been in court now as an observer enough to see how things operate: the deputy speaks to the ADA, right now that's mainly Gabriel Diaz in misdemeanor court, tells a much exaggerated story of the event, the ADA prosecutes of the defendant pleads "not-guilty" and then tells an even more exaggerated description of the events to the District Court Judge, mainly Katherine Overby, who then finds the defendant guilty and assesses sentences that are far beyond what is called for in the situation. Inn the misdemeanor court room, the fix is in, and now that Pat Nadolski has a Spanish speaking ADA in the courtroom, we will see more and more of this behavior. I've seen Mr. Gabriel Diaz speak to defendants in Spanish with no interpreter, no one to witness or document what he is telling the defendants. Not only do we need the DOJ to press on with Sheriff Johnson, we need an investigation into the practices that go on in the misdemeanor courtroom, the most abhorrent being the excessive and unfair sentences that get executed.

Posted by Jane Alamance on 02/17/2016 at 8:41 AM

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