"Continuing to sanction task force operations as stand-alone law enforcement entities with widespread authority to operate at will across multiple jurisdictional lines should not continue," the report read. "The current approach violates practically every sound principle of police oversight and accountability applicable to narcotics interdiction."Without gloating (too much), I should point out that Grits broke that story a month ago here, providing much more detail about the reasoning behind the committee's recommendations. I'm glad Tim's picked up on it, and maybe the rest of the state's MSM will give the story some attention now. It's amazingly timely with Tom Coleman's perjury trial in the news.
In addition to the post on the report, see other, related Grits coverage:
- Drug task force support dwindling
- Local officials miss boat on Byrne funding
- Jury: DPS appointed cronies to run task forces
- Feds cut Byrne grant money pot
- Byrne task forces not just a Texas problem