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Houston Community Leader: Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia Must Resign

Quanell X says the sheriff needs to take full responsibility for a neglected inmate. Garcia can probably expect more political attacks the closer we get to Election Day for Houston’s new mayor.

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On Sunday, New Black Panther leader Quanell X called for Sheriff Adrian Garcia’s resignation over the neglect of a mentally ill jail inmate. An investigative report revealed last fall that Terry Goodwin was left in a cell for weeks with bugs and his own feces.

“If Adrian Garcia runs the city of Houston like he’s running the Harris County Jail, we’re all going to hell in a handbasket,” Quanell X said at a news conference.

Garcia is widely expected to join the race for mayor, but has not yet made a formal announcement.

But that does not mean he doesn’t have to deal with political attacks.

In a page-long statement, Garcia responded, saying he fired those responsible and that something like that won’t happen again. He also blamed the lack of a support system for the mentally ill.

Bob Stein, a political scientist at Rice University, said the issue will likely come up again during the campaign, but that Garcia has handled it well.

“He took a law enforcement issue and morphed it into an issue that’s much larger, that deals with mental health and how we treat people who have mental health problems,” Stein said.

The sheriff’s media relations office did not respond to calls and emails requesting comment.

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