Independent Lens1999 | TV Show
Season 10, Episode 13 Tulia, Texas
First Aired: February 10, 2009
A 1999 drug sting in the Texas farming community of Tulia that netted 46 arrests is examined. The case drew controversy for the disproportionate number (39) of blacks targeted and its reliance on uncorroborated testimony from undercover officer Thomas Coleman. Texas governor Rick Perry eventually pardoned all of the convicted. The documentary features remarks from Coleman, several of the accused, attorney Jeff Blackburn, Texas Observer reporter Nate Blakeslee and former Texas judge Ron Chapman.
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