Graham, NC-- The battle between the Alamance County Sheriff's Office and the US Department of Justice is spilling over into county business.
County Manager Craig Honeycutt told WFMY News 2 that his office was notified by the Department of Justice on October 31 that funding of a communications grant had been frozen.
Honeycutt said the grant was awarded three and a half years ago and and totaled $500,000. The amount frozen was $147,285, Honeycutt said.
The money was being used for communications towers, emergency center upgrades and equipment, as well as for the fire departments.
Purchase orders had just been written for an additional tower, but Honeycutt said they have notified the contractor that the project is now on hold.
Honeycutt said he does not know how long the grant will be frozen.
In September, the USDOJ notified the Alamance County Sheriff's Office and Alamance County that an investigation into the sheriff's department showed a bias toward Latino citizens.
In its investigative findings, the DOJ said, "Under the leadership of Sheriff Terry S. Johnson, the Alamance County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) engages in a pattern or practice of misconduct that violates the Constitution and federal law. The department conducted its investigation, which it opened on June 2, 2010, pursuant to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI).
"The Justice Department finds reasonable cause to believe that ACSO engages in a pattern or practice of discriminatory policing against Latinos in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Fourth Amendment and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act and Title VI."
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