FW: [eblp] Tulia, Texas Documentary Screening in Oakland/San Francisco

I was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle, not far from Tulia. This story began years ago in the late 1990s. The victims of the sting were sentenced to over 750 years in prison for cocaine violations. In 2004, they were all pardoned by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, after it was discovered that Thomas Coleman, the undercover cop behind the stings, perjured himself multiple times during the trials to obtain convictions, was not even trained as an undercover cop, and had been fired from numerous earlier law enforcement jobs for incompetence and even embezzelment. Thanks largely to an expose on CBS New's 60 Minutes program in 2004, Coleman was indicted within a year after the victims were pardoned.

The City of Tulia ended up paying out a $6 million settlement to the families of the wrongfully convicted young people, but that doesn't compensate them for the three to five years they spent in prison for crimes they never committed.

This documentary details what they went through, and how they triumphed in the long run.

The situation you describe in Juarez is quite common, and last year's Oscar winner for Best Picture "No Country for Old Men" graphically demonstrated the danger that drug prohibition has brought to my native state. But "No Country for Old Men" was fiction, based on Cormac McCarthy's novel. The tragedy in Tulia, Texas happened to real people. Texas is a very big state, and Tulia is quite a long drive away from Juarez.

Terry