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One of the most cutting scandals in the drug war in recent years was Tulia, where a rogue cop framed 40 people -- 10% of the African American population in the small Texas town -- on drug charges, sending many of them to prison, only to be released years later after nationwide media scrutiny forced authorities to review the cases. Though Officer Tom Coleman was known to have broken the law himself, his credibility was somehow considered sufficient by judge and jury. The sordid episode led to legislation by Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee to rein in federally funded drug task forces and try to prevent such abuses from happening again.

Three weeks ago Drug War Chronicle reviewed "Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town," a devastating volume by the Texas Observer's Nate Blakeslee, whose groundbreaking reporting at the Austin Chronicle helped bring the Tulia story to national attention. Chronicle editor Phil Smith calls Blakeslee's book "a page-turner" and "a virtually seamless narrative that brings the characters to vivid life, from the mostly young, mostly black men who were the real victims in Tulia to the staunch, church-going sheriff who ordered their arrests and the shiftless drifter with a badge and a racist attitude whose lies sent many of them to prison." Blakeslee introduces us to the villains, to the victims, and to the crusaders; and he shows us the town, the enforcers who allowed Coleman to run amok, and the larger politics in the drug war that helped to set it all in motion.

We are pleased to offer "Tulia" as our newest membership premium -- donate $35 or more to DRCNet, and we will send you a complimentary copy at your request. We also continue to offer Arnold Trebach's "The Great Drug War: And Rational Proposals to Turn the Tide," also free with a donation of $35 or more -- donate $65 to order both! Other offers are still available as well.

Click here to contribute online and order your copies of Tulia or the Great Drug War. We can also accept donations by check or money order; send them to: DRCNet, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036. (Note that contributions to Drug Reform Coordination Network, which support our lobbying work, are not tax-deductible. Deductible contributions can be made to DRCNet Foundation, same address -- the portion of your gift that is deductible will be reduced by the retail cost of the gifts you select.) Lastly, please contact us for instructions if you wish to make a donation of stock.

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Issue #416 -- 12/23/05

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