☰ In this section

The Champion

March 2009 , Page 59 

Search the Champion Looking for something specific?

Preview of Member Only Content

For full access: login or Become a Member Join Now

Book and TV Reviews

By Ivan J. Dominguez, William R. Montross Jr.

Read more Book Review columns.

Tulia, Texas

February 2009
Reviewed by Ivan J. Dominguez 

The tragic and colossal tale of injustice that unfolded in Tulia, Texas, is nothing less than a microcosm for much of what is wrong with America’s “War on Drugs” and the prominent role race plays in the implementation of such criminal justice policies in this country. In this sad chapter of a “War on Drugs” first declared as such by disgraced former President Richard M. Nixon, nearly 50 men and women, fully 80 percent of whom were African American, were arrested and charged in a single roundup on July 23, 1999, based solely upon the uncorroborated testimony of rogue undercover officer Tom Coleman. Before Coleman’s questionable past and the fabricated cases against these defendants came fully to light, he was named “Officer of the Year” in Texas in recognition of this very sweep.

In February, PBS aired Cassandra Herrman and Kelly Whalen’s documentary, Tulia, Texas, as part of its Emmy award-winning Independent Lens series. Several

Want to read more?

The Champion archive is reserved for NACDL members.

NACDL members, please login to read the rest of this article.

Not a member? Join now.
Join Now
Or click here to see an overview of NACDL Member benefits.

See what NACDL members say about us.

To read the current issue of The Champion in its entirety, click here.

  • Media inquiries: Contact NACDL's Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at 202-465-7662 or idominguez@nacdl.org
  • Academic Requests: Full articles of The Champion Magazine are available for academic and research purposes in the WestLaw and LexisNexis databases.
Advertisement Advertise with Us

In This Section

Advertisement Advertise with Us