Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story 5/2/03

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Back to Texas. As Texas bluesman Johnny Winter once wrote, "When you're going to Dallas, better take your razor and your gun, 'cause there's so much shit in Dallas you're bound to step in some." The Dallas Police Department certainly stepped in when it made national headlines with its sheetrock scandal, wherein paid confidential informers working for gung-ho Dallas cops managing to set-up dozens of innocent people, most of them Mexicans or Mexican-Americans, and the Texas legal system complacently sent them to prison. The drugs in those cases, which police claimed field tested positive as cocaine or methamphetamine, turned out to be sheetrock, or gypsum.

Prosecutors have already dismissed charges against more than 80 people arrested by officers Mark Delapaz and Eddie Herrera. Other victims have been deported or sentenced to prison after pleading guilty on the advice of public defenders. Three informants working for the pair have pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the civil rights of those arrested.

Now, a Dallas grand jury has indicted Delapaz on five counts of deprivation of rights under color of law and one count of making false statements to federal officials. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. He remains free on bail and is on paid leave from the Dallas Police Department.

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