Tuesday, April 11, 2006

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office for Civil Rights
Washington, D.C. 20531
March 31, 2006

Mr. Walter L. Ellis
Re: 06-0CR-0142

Dear Mr. Ellis:
This letter acknowledges receipt of your Complaint Verification information alleging that a member of the Lexington County Sheriffs Office located in Lexington, South Carolina subjected you to a traffic stop based on your race (African American).

An investigator has been assigned to your case and the docketed case number is noted above. Please refer to this number in all subsequent correspondence and/or contact with this office. During the investigation, you will be informed of the progress of your case, and you will be apprised of this Office's findings and final disposition with regard to your complaint.

In the event the investigator's findings do not support the complaint allegations, the case will be administratively closed and you will be formally advised of your right to pursue the matter privately in court.
Michael L. Alston Director