West Texas sting leads to 29 arrests,...

West Texas sting leads to 29 arrests, all but one black or Hisp...

There are 236 comments on the KLTV Tyler story from Jun 30, 2006, titled West Texas sting leads to 29 arrests, all but one black or Hisp.... In it, KLTV Tyler reports that:

LAMESA, Texas Nearly 30 people -- all but one of them black or Hispanic -- have been arrested on drug charges in the small West Texas town of Lamesa .

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GarlandTX

Warren, NJ

#1 Jun 30, 2006
I guess living in a small town is no protection from this kind of stuff.
Seattle WA

Silverdale, WA

#2 Jul 1, 2006
I was born and raised in Lamesa, TX. Kudos to the officers involved in these drug arrests. Shame on those who make RACE an issue on a fair attempt of reducing criminal activity in my home town.
Gringo

Wichita Falls, TX

#3 Jul 9, 2006
Throw their sorry butts in jail for a long long time.
Richard M Garza

Sublette, KS

#4 Jul 15, 2006
I would like to applaud all law enforcement that were involved in the apprehension of these narcotic dealers. Lamesa has been known for many years of being a big part in the drug trade.
It doesn't matter, whether they sold a tweener or an eight-ball, they sold it to your child, brother, daughter, father,mother, wife or husband, who ever it may be that they sold it to, they were a menace to Lamesa's society!! I don't care if they live on the "poverty line", like that B.S. that one attorney tried to argue. That person found a way to purchase and sell the drug in Lamesa.
So once again I congratulate Chief Garcia, Sheriff Garcia, Lamesa Police Department, Dawson County Sheriff's Office and all other entities involved in a job well done.
Great Job!!
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
Undersheriff,
Richard M. Garza
Sensitivity Trainer

Wichita Falls, TX

#5 Jul 15, 2006
What a sorry bunch of racists you are. If there are no Whites to arrest, the blacks and mestizos deserve a pass! We all know how the cops operate. As they prepare to take their cases to the grand jury, they throw out the cases against the Whites. Cops let White crooks get away all the time. Whites call it 'keeping it real.'

There's a secret handshake as well.
Patsy Mason

Lamesa, TX

#6 Jul 16, 2006
What happened to the people who were targeted in the June 28th drug bust is an outright shame. Regardless of how long you've lived in Lamesa, until you've lived in Lamesa as a black or lower proverty Hispanic, don't speak on who is or who isn't a racist. Lamesa's law enforcement and Lamesa's judicial system has been targeting the minority here for years. Out of all of the citizens in Lamesa that say that they are happy with the results of the drug bust and that think the ridiculous bonds are just, I wonder how many of you are white. As a white person in Lamesa you would think that there isn't any racism in this town, but until you've walked these streets in my shoes, don't have such a closed mind. As for the people that were arrested in the drug bust, what happened to "INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY". People here are already proclaiming them to be guilty, but just think, if that was your son, husband, father, daughter, wife or mother, would their bonds be a half million dollars, or better yet, would you still swear that they were guilty before they had a chance to prove their innocense. Out of all the people that are fixed on the idea that those people are already guilty, how many of you will end up being on their jury panel? But you want to talk about what's right and what's wrong. Talk about where else in the United States you could be charged with delivery and possesion of a controlled substance, under 1 gram, and end up with a $500,000 bond. Talk about how is it that if your white in Lamesa and get charged and found guilty of a crime you'll recieve a reasonable sentence, but if your black or Hispanic, you'll get a sentence that is 10 times that of which you would recieve if you were any where else other than Lamesa. Those of you that deny that there is racism in Lamesa, are just as guilty as those here that dish it out.
I-C-U

United States

#8 Jul 16, 2006
I dont care if they are Barney purple with green stars on their butt. What color they are it DOESNT MATTER what they done was. IT WAS AGAINST THE LAW!!! And the next news report
tell of race that is not of a missing person are amber alert.
No one should buy are watch the new station until the make a public statement that race will not be mention. unless it is a missing person are amber alert. THE END !
Cali B

Vista, CA

#10 Jul 19, 2006
“I smell a rat a dirty nasty stinking dirty Rat" and the stench is coming from Lamesa Texas the truth. Is that any justice loving American that agrees with the racist tactics that are developing in Lamesa are headed for the pits of hell. I’m a black man from Lamesa I was born and raised in Lamesa and have countless family members that still reside in Dawson County. As a young man I felt that I was forced out of Lamesa due to long ongoing racist attitudes of the entire judicial system and many of the towns citizens.
Many young men and women of our generation left home because we all knew that we stayed we all stood very chance of making any good out of our lives or would wind up in prison for no reason it is so easy to call these people felons I have a cousin that was convicted of a felony and sent to prison for taking a empty water bottle from the yard of a white Lamesa resident. If you need further proof call the Lamesa Police department and ask them how many blacks have they employed over the pass fifty years, they will tell you one Cora Brown and she was not even a resident at the time she was hired the fact is she was brought in by the higher up racist to infiltrate and to brake the fiber of what was once a close knit and basically law abiding black community and also ask them about the conviction rate crimes in a town where black make up less then 7% of the over all population. You will find it staggering they find it common practice to break up black families’ and now that they have destroyed the blacks now they are targeting the Mexicans. With this new drug bust all they have done in this case is to bring to the light what they have been doing in the dark for years. Miss Mason is right and I applaud her courage for speaking out. Lamesa Texas is nothing more then a modern day slave market lead by a deep rooted racist attitude and a hand full of blacks and misguided Mexicans to help them carry out there dirty work. The bottom line is this what’s right is right and wrong is wrong and if you agree with any of this preposterous crap just remember what goes around come back around,, Lamesa has a cursed itself in the past and went from being prosperous bustling the #1 cotton producing capital of the United States in 1978 to a shallow mostly abandon ghost town in 2000 that now has to use it’s once blessed county lands as a dumping ground to house the states worst criminals as a basic economy don’t let them poison your mind with the deception $500.000 each LoL,, I don’t think the entire town is worth that . do anything to get on the map I guess “pitiful”
MJM

Dallas, TX

#11 Jul 19, 2006
Maybe if they didn't commit crimes they wouldn't go to jail.
Sensitivity Trainer

Wichita Falls, TX

#12 Jul 19, 2006
MJM wrote:
Maybe if they didn't commit crimes they wouldn't go to jail.
That's racist! It's the White man's fault that blacks and mestizos commit crimes!
Alan Bean

Amarillo, TX

#13 Jul 20, 2006
As one of the folks that blew the whistle in Tulia, I find this thread of comment intriguing. I have been following the Lamesa bust closely and am particularly curious about the degree of corroboration used in these cases. Police officers assert that "this isn't like Tulia." Maybe not--we'll see. I am appalled by the suggestion that the race of defendants should not be mentioned by the media. If racial profiling is an issue here the public needs to know about it; if racial profiling isn't an issue why are the folks arrested always black, brown and poor? Poor minority residents are drawn to street-level drug crime for obvious reasons. Little agricultural towns like Tulia and Lamesa have little to offer young people and those who stay around after leaving high school are often targeted by the authorities unless they come from the right families. White people are involved in the drug trade; but not so much at the street level (unless we are talking about meth). The suggestion that this kind of drug bust will send a signal to potential drug dealers is naive and police officers know it. I have never talked to a police officer, a judge, a defense attorney or a probation officer who felt the war on drugs had the slightest deterrant effect. True, selling dope is illegal. On the other hand, the presumption of innocence is clearly not in play in this case. In the eyes of many of those who have commented above, these people are guilty. If you are called for jury duty and, during voir dire, a defense attorney asks you if you can maintain the presumption of innocence, what will you say? Police officers have a difficult job and they have my respect. But I have little sympathy for cops who abuse the authority vested in them--and across the great state of Texas this kind of abuse is rampant--especially in the war on drugs. It is possible that corners were cut in this operation. It is possible that innocent people have been fingered. It is possible that all are guilty as charged. But we should wait for the system to do its thing and pray that court appointed defense attorneys will hold the state to its burden of proof.
Andrea

Warren, NJ

#14 Jul 20, 2006
MJM wrote:
Maybe if they didn't commit crimes they wouldn't go to jail.
There you go.
MJM

Dallas, TX

#16 Jul 20, 2006
Sensitivity Trainer wrote:
Blacks commit 80% of the violent crime in this country.(FBI UCR) Should they not be arrested because a significantly fewer number of Whites are arrested for violent crimes?
Blacks are the most racist people on the planet. They will blame the Whites for arresting a black, instead of blaming a black for commiting the crime.
How dare you back up your opinions with factual data
Cali B

Vista, CA

#21 Jul 20, 2006
A little bit more about Lamesa,
To help you understand what’s going on with this so-called drug bust I thought I would provide a small amount of a personal perspective about my experiences growing up in Lamesa. My family has roots in Lamesa dating back to the 1930, as black migrant field workers. Lamesa is a small DRY town meaning “no liquors for sale” but the white folks have a white only country club so they can go and get drunk whenever they please.
In the early 80s I can remember when we had to stand at the door of our little black club and watch out for the police and take turns dancing because if we were caught dancing by to police we would be fined or sent to jail. The town for the most part is still segregated into three parts 1.You have white-town that is located at the northern part of town 2. You have Mexican-Town is located on the east side of town and 3. We have black-town that we call that flats it is at the south tip of town and where most of the poverty is, It was not until the 1980s that people crossed these boundaries with few exceptions here their.
I went to school at Lamesa middle school and then to Lamesa High, this was my first encounters with racism, It is common practice for school staff to beat the black students “Caporal Punishment” when I say paddle I mean just that, one day I saw our School Principal Murray Murphy swat a black students so hard and he broke the paddle a thick piece of wood nearly an inch thick and later that same day I saw him set back in his office laughing about it with other staff members. Some of the teachers had to witness these beatings and one of my favorite teachers Mrs. Paula Franklin had to come and see me get my beating, I think I had forgotten to do my home work something simple however this was cause for a beating it was so brutal for her to witness that it traumatized her, she broke down and cried ran from the office in tears and took the day off and after that day she never sent any of her students to the office, white student was hardly ever paddled and it just goes on from that and gets worse for the black men of Lamesa with this in mind I’m just repeating that the Lamesa police department the grand jury and any person that supports this type of misuse of justice is wrong.
I hope that they are asking for the resignations of all of those involved in this matter for gross incompetence and abuse of authority, If it was a fair and legitimate drug bust why would all of the arrested have the same bail I’m sure by rule of law there has to be some degree of mitigating discretions between 30 people that would justify a bail reduction in some of the cases I really feel bad for them and the sad part is I guess that they will have to take what ever plea bargain they offer I just cant get over five hundred thousands dollars each now be honest with yourself you know this is a travesty of justice and is the type of thing that you would expect in a underdeveloped third world country not the good ole U S of A.
DungeonBlaster66 6

Houston, TX

#24 Jul 21, 2006
I once heard on KCOH radio a call in talk show where blacks were discussing how stupid they thought white people are, and why.
OTOH, I have seen the blatant racism portrayed by many small town citizens in Texas.
Neither is right.
Likewise, if persons commit crimes they should be arrested and charged, no matter the ethnicity.
Whether they can get comparable justice between racial groups is often the issue. That can be a problem in a small town where the population is still largely polarized. It can also be a problem in just about any other part of the country. Often the conviction and sentencing of an accused can vary with the population that sits on the jury panel. Consider O.J.(California) vs. the attackers of Billy Johnson (Linden TX).
C Farmer

Waco, TX

#26 Jul 21, 2006
Alan Bean wrote:
As one of the folks that blew the whistle in Tulia, I find this thread of comment intriguing. I have been following the Lamesa bust closely and am particularly curious about the degree of corroboration used in these cases. Police officers assert that "this isn't like Tulia." Maybe not--we'll see. I am appalled by the suggestion that the race of defendants should not be mentioned by the media. If racial profiling is an issue here the public needs to know about it; if racial profiling isn't an issue why are the folks arrested always black, brown and poor? Poor minority residents are drawn to street-level drug crime for obvious reasons. Little agricultural towns like Tulia and Lamesa have little to offer young people and those who stay around after leaving high school are often targeted by the authorities unless they come from the right families. White people are involved in the drug trade; but not so much at the street level (unless we are talking about meth). The suggestion that this kind of drug bust will send a signal to potential drug dealers is naive and police officers know it. I have never talked to a police officer, a judge, a defense attorney or a probation officer who felt the war on drugs had the slightest deterrant effect. True, selling dope is illegal. On the other hand, the presumption of innocence is clearly not in play in this case. In the eyes of many of those who have commented above, these people are guilty. If you are called for jury duty and, during voir dire, a defense attorney asks you if you can maintain the presumption of innocence, what will you say? Police officers have a difficult job and they have my respect. But I have little sympathy for cops who abuse the authority vested in them--and across the great state of Texas this kind of abuse is rampant--especially in the war on drugs. It is possible that corners were cut in this operation. It is possible that innocent people have been fingered. It is possible that all are guilty as charged. But we should wait for the system to do its thing and pray that court appointed defense attorneys will hold the state to its burden of proof.
What intertainment would a forum post be if we waited for clear facts to comment on a current event? Demographics are what they are. I can't see a group of "white devils" sitting around a century and a half ago smoking pot and thinking.."why dont we fill our new town with poor mexicans and blacks...we'll get them hooked on reefer and alcohol and have complete control over them financially.."...No, I dont think that happened (could have, but not likely).
DungeonBlaster66 6

Houston, TX

#28 Jul 21, 2006
Now if the "reefer" is grown in Central and South America, where might it be coming from this fine day?
C Farmer

Waco, TX

#29 Jul 24, 2006
DungeonBlaster666 wrote:
Now if the "reefer" is grown in Central and South America, where might it be coming from this fine day?
They've outsourced the production to Singapore like Dell and HP
Felix Aguilar

Austin, TX

#30 Jul 27, 2006
Apparently they did n't learn anything from a similiar false and racist "STING" operation that happened a few years back in TULIA TEXAS where the entire "narcotics Task Force" was sued out of existence and a lot of over-zealous law enforcement types lost their licenses AND their jobs!

They had to pay out a lot of money too.

I am not going to get shot or die so some rich person or some homie can't have his dope. With any luck, they will find him or her overdosed and that is one less to contend with. Good riddance.

So why all this paranoia over DOPE anyway?
Don't use.
Don't buy.
Market dries up.
End of dope problem.
And the next topid of discussion is...
C Farmer

Waco, TX

#31 Jul 27, 2006
Felix Aguilar wrote:
And the next topid of discussion is...
....Growing infertility problem amoung castrated Bulls?

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