County changes checkpoint policy following probe

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 2:56 PM

SYLVA, N.C. (AP) -- A civil rights group says a sheriff in western North Carolina has agreed to change the way his department conducts vehicle checkpoints.  

Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe was coordinating seatbelt checkpoints with federal immigration officers.  

But a year ago, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina began investigating after dozens of people complained that the checkpoint was being used to target Latinos. At one checkpoint stop, 15 undocumented immigrants were arrested.    

ACLU spokesman Mike Meno says the sheriff's office has agreed to change its practices.  

A telephone message left for Ashe was not immediately returned Tuesday.  

But the ACLU says under the agreement, the Jackson County sheriff's office will no longer coordinate vehicle checkpoints with federal immigration officers, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
 

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