By SCOTT HENSON
The saga that began with the notorious Tulia drug stings in 1999 took two dramatic turns earlier this month: A federal judge in Waco ruled that an ACLU lawsuit alleging racial profiling by a drug task force in Hearne can go forward next month; and the Harris County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force announced it would shut its doors after May 31.
Meanwhile, the Texas Legislature still may get rid of the drug task force system this session. Texas drug task forces are a proven failure. It is time for the state to shift federal grant funds to other, more productive strategies before the money is taken away entirely.
Henson directs the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas' Police Accountability Project.
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