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Author: Cassandra HerrmanKelly WhalenIndependent Television Service,Corporation for Public Broadcasting,California Newsreel (Firm),All authors
Publisher: [San Francisco, CA] : California Newsreel, [2008] ©2008
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drug use was a fact of life in the African-American community of Tulia, Texas--but when it became common in white neighborhoods, too, civic leaders grew alarmed. In 1999 they brought in an undercover agent, later found to be a racist with a criminal record, to conduct a sting operation. Dozens of black citizens were rounded up, given perfunctory trials, and handed down unusually stiff sentences of up to 99 years  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Historical television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Streaming videos
Additional Physical Format: Videodisc (DVD) version:
Tulia, Texas.
[San Francisco, CA] : California Newsreel, ©2008
(OCoLC)261224737
Named Person: Thomas Roland Coleman; Thomas Roland Coleman
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Cassandra Herrman; Kelly Whalen; Independent Television Service,; Corporation for Public Broadcasting,; California Newsreel (Firm),; Films Media Group.
OCLC Number: 823894208
Language Note: In English; closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally produced as a documentary film in 2007.
Broadcast as an episode of Independent Lens on February 10, 2009, on PBS.
Credits: Editor, Linda Peckham, Kenji Yamamoto ; camera, Cassandra Herrman ; music composer, Mike Semple.
Performer(s): Tom Coleman, Freddie Brookins Sr., Bobby Keeter, Sue Riddick, Larry Stewart, Mimi McBroom, Terri Brookins, Freddie Brookins, Charles Kiker, Michelle White, Ricky White, Pattie Brookins, Gary Gardner, Nate Blakeslee, Jeff Blackburn, Rev. Edwin Sanders, Ron Chapman, Alberta Williams, Rod Hobson.
Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (54 min.)) : sound, color
Contents: Drug hysteria --
Arrests --
Trials --
Crusading attorney --
Drug Task Force --
Town bigotry --
Campaigns to free convicted --
Coleman's credibility questioned --
Convicted released/Town response --
Conclusion and legacy.
Other Titles: Independent lens (Television program)
Responsibility: California Newsreel presents ; a film by Cassandra Herrman and Kelly Whalen ; a co-production of Cassandra Herrman and Kelly Whalen and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Drug use was a fact of life in the African-American community of Tulia, Texas--but when it became common in white neighborhoods, too, civic leaders grew alarmed. In 1999 they brought in an undercover agent, later found to be a racist with a criminal record, to conduct a sting operation. Dozens of black citizens were rounded up, given perfunctory trials, and handed down unusually stiff sentences of up to 99 years behind bars. This program profiles the Texas sting operation that seemed to be more of a war on blacks than a war on drugs, examining the ties between race, poverty, and the criminal justice system that the incident implies. (54 minutes) A streaming videorecording.

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