$5 Million Payment Due In Tulia, Tex., Drug Case


A $5 million settlement will be paid to residents of Tulia, Tx., who were targeted in a discredited drug investigation that many said was racially motivated, the Associated Press reports. The agreement with the city of Amarillo would disband a task force that oversaw the undercover agent involved.

“The settlement that was reached is truly historic,” lawyer Jeff Blackburn told The Associated Press. “It represents the first example of a responsible city government putting an end to irresponsible task force system of narcotics enforcement.

A but one of the 46 arrested, 39 of them black, will receive some portion of the money. One defendant died before going to trial.

Link: http://www.amarillo.com/stories/031104/usn_amarillotopay.shtml

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