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Rep. Walker on Alamance Sheriff Lawsuit: "We Not Only Fought, But We Won."

August 19, 2016
Press Release
Reacts to DOJ Dropping Appeal of Lawsuit Ruling and Repaying of Funds

GRAHAM, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) today spoke at a press conference in response to the Department of Justice dropping the appeal of U.S. District Judge Thomas Shcroeder’s dismissal of the lawsuit against the Alamance County Sheriff’s Department, effectively ending the legal battle. The following is an excerpt of the statements made by Congressman Walker:  

“As this Administration has done time and time again, they attacked someone who refused to enforce their political agenda. This time it was different though. When you attack our community, we fight back. And here, we not only fought, but we won.

“The Department of Justice came in and froze money, blocked necessary grants, and caused funds that needed to be spent on Alamance County and the protection of the people to be spent on defending this needless lawsuit. This money should have been spent investing in jobs or building schools and providing better education and opportunity to our students. Instead it went to defending our community from political attacks, placing the deputies and the citizens of Alamance County at risk in the process.

“I am proud of the work my office did to force the Justice Department to free up frozen Alamance County funds and right some of the wrongs that occurred here. It is my hope now that Sheriff Johnson and his department can move forward and continue protecting the citizens of Alamance County.”

Sheriff Terry Johnson also spoke of Congressman Walker’s support saying, “This man…he stood up for this agency in Washington, D.C. to get federal drug asset forfeiture money released to us. $351,000 that we needed tremendously to buy equipment to protect our citizens in this county.

"He understands the importance of law enforcement," Johnson added.

You can see Sheriff Johnson’s and Congressman Walker’s response in the video above and here, as well as images from the press conference below.