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AP: Alamance sheriff’s deputies shared links to racist video game

The Associated Press had this report yesterday about Alamance sheriff’s deputies sharing links to a violent video game that encourages players to shoot people crossing into the country illegally.

The Alamance County sheriff’s office, located northwest of Raleigh, is under federal scrutiny for its treatment of Latino and immigrant residents, after the federal justice department filed a civil rights lawsuit in 2012 against Sheriff Terry Johnson and accused his agency of routinely discriminated against Hispanic residents and detained individuals without probable cause. Johnson has denied he particpated or encouraged any discriminatory behavior.

Several high-ranking officers in the sheriff’s department sent around links to the game and joked about the game, according to documents from federal prosecutors.

From the AP article:

According to the government’s motion, a high-ranking deputy emailed out the link to the violent game.

“Captain Mario Wiley emailed several other ACSO employees a link to a game premised on shooting stereotypical Mexican figures, including pregnant women and children, as they attempt to cross the U.S. border,” the motion says. “Blood splatters on the screen as the figures are shot, and the final screen of the game shows how many ‘wetbacks’ one has killed.”

Other deputies, including supervisors and the agency’s designated media spokesman, traded messages that included racist jokes.

“Sergeant Darryl Myers and Lieutenant Wesley Anderson each forwarded an email joking that when Davey Crockett saw ‘hordes of Mexicans’ approaching the Alamo, he asked ‘are we having landscaping done today?’” according to the court filing.

In another email, training officer Richard Longamore forwarded an email to the sheriff and his chief deputy bemoaning a federal program that provides temporary visas to foreign nationals who are the victims of such violent crimes as rape, incest and torture.

According to federal officials, Johnson himself referred to Latinos as “taco eaters” prone to drinking, drug dealing and other crimes. He ordered special roadblocks in neighborhoods where Latinos live, during which those with brown skin were stopped while whites were waved through.

You can read the entire story here.

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