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Texas DPS denies white nationalist ties, racial profiling of drivers near Mexico border

FILE PHOTO A Texas Department of Public Safety Capt. Stacy Holland flies a helicopter to patrol along the Rio Grande, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas — The head of the state police is disputing allegations of racial profiling in Operation Lone Star traffic stops and of coziness with white nationalists who flocked to the Texas-Mexico border last year.

Col. Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, also is disputing claims by the ACLU of Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project that DPS officers have little guidance on when to chase fleeing vehicles. High-speed pursuits near the border have caused 30 deaths since Operation Lone Star began 18 months ago, according to the two civil rights groups.

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