When lawmen go bad

Over at Grits for Breakfast, Scott Henson walks us through recent scandals involving Texas sheriffs.  Texas lawmen may get more negative press than their counterparts in other states, but the problem of police corruption is widespread.  I uncovered some horrendous examples of corruption in Arkansas while researching the background to the Alvin Clay case.  It isn’t that most peace officers are corrupt–they aren’t; the problem, as Henson argues, is that when a lawman goes bad we frequently discover that nobody is paying attention and few seem to care.  As Henson says, “Texas spends too few resources ferreting out public corruption and too much on law enforcement pork.”  

If you aren’t sure what Scott is driving out, make sure to check out the PBS documentary on the Tulia drug sting on February 10th.