The Dallas Drug War

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South Dallas, Texas was another frontline in the drug wars during the 1980s–a “war zone” of crack houses, killings, unemployment and residents fighting to win back their community.
FRONTLINE interviews kids who talk about the lure of thousands of dollars a week in selling drugs–mostly crack cocaine–and residents frustrated seeing police raids on drug houses failing to stop the pushers. In one chilling section, the program’s producers set up a “night-cam” in the home of one couple. The camera’s grainy black and white footage captures the nightmarish violence outside their house each night.

This report also probes the tensions between a predominantly white police force and a predominantly black population and how police efforts are being aided by a South Dallas group–African American Men Against Narcotics–who are trying non-violently to reclaim their neighborhood from the pushers.