Carlton Berry and Quanell X Hold a Dumb Press Conference Asking Sheriff Garcia for an Apology

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We were hoping for something better, actually.
There was so much stupid on display at Quanell X's press conference Tuesday for Carlton Berry, the man originally charged with a shooting at Lone Star College, that it's hard to tell where to begin.

First, the fact that Berry is even seeking an apology from Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia is kind of nuts -- not because Berry never should have been arrested in the first place (this remains to be seen) but because Berry should have quit while he was ahead. If you're going to hold a press conference touting your victimhood, it would help a great deal if you didn't already have a criminal record.

This is not to say that only angels deserve equal protection under the law; it's to underscore the opinion that, as usual, the only person this press conference was good for was Quanell X, because -- let's face it -- the dude loves the spotlight.

Berry certainly doesn't have a violent criminal record, just a stupid one. And if the dude didn't even have a gun on him -- and in fact no gun was found that day -- then we're sorta mystified as to why he was even charged in connection with that shooting. But for a person to hold a press conference when their recent history shows an alarming capacity for idiocy is, well, weird.

According to Harris County District Clerk records, he was twice charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana; he received deferred adjudication the first time, and was sentenced to three days in jail for the second, which occurred in 2012. At the time of the second bust, he was carrying $2,563, which his lawyer successfully argued was the proceeds of his financial aid check, which he had recently cashed. Prior to that, he received deferred adjudication for a theft charge. That was in 2009.

Garcia has maintained that the investigation is ongoing and that two people identified Berry as the shooter, when authorities now believe it was Berry's buddy, Trey Foster, who's responsible. That Garcia isn't kneeling prostrate before Berry's feet has really irked Quanell X and Berry.

"The right thing would be for you to apologize," Quanell X said to the assembled media outside a small brick building in the Fifth Ward that is to be the future home of the New Black Panther Party. The murals on the building, by the way, are freaking ridiculous. We'll get to that in a bit.

Quanell X hypothesized that, if Berry were Garcia's son, Garcia would demand an apology and a name-clearing.

"This is no gang member," Quanell X said of Berry. "This is no drug-related shooting."

He then asked Berry, who appeared on crutches, to say a few words, which Berry improvised, having apparently not composed a written statement. In response to a reporter's question about what Berry saw or did during the shooting, Berry said, "Once the shots came, I just blacked out." Riiiiiight.

Quanell X and Berry said they want his record expunged because they don't want this dismissed charge dogging him his whole life. Well, guess what, dude: The charge was dropped. Even if it's expunged, which it probably should be, you've got the drug busts and the theft. And the only reason Hair Balls knows that is that you called a fucking press conference.

Here are some things to think about: Try leaving your weed at home. If you're not selling it -- carrying around thousands of dollars at the same time you're carrying your weed is absolutely, positively no indication that you're a dealer -- then leave it at home. Clearly, the first time you got busted, you should've known that you're not very good at carrying weed without getting caught.

Second: Don't hang out with dudes who are hot-tempered enough to open fire on a college campus. This behavior does not spring up overnight, and for someone so concerned about their future, you should probably think about distancing yourself from these sorts of characters.

And if, for some reason, you find yourself the subject of another press conference, you might make a better impression if you have a prepared statement. Nothing fancy or long is needed -- just a clear, cohesive summary of your position. Try to think of it as a job interview -- you're selling yourself.

Now, as for how the New Black Panther Party building is decorated: Two quotes adorn the front of the structure. One is the lyrics to the Bob Marley song "War," with the quote attributed to Marley. This is annoying because we thought that even the most casual Marley fan knew that the words come from a Haile Selassie speech. The only thing Marley added was the refrain of the word "war." We can only infer that in attributing the quote to Marley, they're emphasizing the "war" part, which is kind of a shame.

Then there's a quote attributed to Elijah Muhammad, and here's how it's printed on the wall: "A nation can rise no higher than it's women."

You know what else helps a nation rise? Knowing when to use an apostrophe. Seriously, New Black Panthers, if you're going to pass yourselves off as role models, then, for the sake of any kids who walk by the building, get rid of the apostrophe in "it's." Break the cycle!

Also, on the side of the building facing Lockwood Street, there's a mural that includes Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Quanell X. This might even be worse than the "it's" business, because it suggests that Quanell X occupies the same universe of significance and leadership as the other two. And, because that is not true, then the mural itself -- like the apostrophe -- is one big freaking typo.

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33 comments
Richard G Myers
Richard G Myers

Adam hit it right on! Why did he lie about what he knew? That creates suspicion. Something still wrong with this kid's story.

Jordan Hubble
Jordan Hubble

"Namely, if you're going to hold a press conference touting your victimhood, it would help a great deal if you didn't already have a criminal record."**cough, racist, cough** SMDH

Lyndsey Stang
Lyndsey Stang

Attention lovers. They could have met with him in an office.

Nicholas Dion
Nicholas Dion

No apology necessary. Charges were dropped and dismissed. There are other innocent people incarcerated that wish they had the opportunity to be given the opportunity you were. It is what it is. Not saying it was right, but shut your ass up and keep it moving. Smart guy. Don't get railroaded. As far as Quannell X goes, what a joke. He is nothing but a bigot.

Adam Roberts
Adam Roberts

Nope, two eye witnesses thought it was him and he wasn't cooperating wothe the police. He's just trying to strike gold.

n0e11e
n0e11e

there needs to be an episode of the boondocks about this. it's ridiculous enough for them to be all over it.

Raul Porras
Raul Porras

No, arrested under suspicion, innocent until proven guilty. If he was dismissed then it's over drop it

anon
anon

Nonsense. Everybody deserves a public apology when cops go wrong. It's no party to get arrested for something you didn't do. What a dumb article.

Carla J Bishop
Carla J Bishop

Of course he does. To be falsely accused of a crime is one of the most basic slanders there is. It needs no more drama, no racist charges and counter-charges, just a simple, "I'm sorry we got it wrong. Now we've gotten it right." It has nothing to do with personalities, or "spin", just the facts. His press conference offended some people, but if the apology had been swift, as it should have been, there would have been no press conference.

Richard Tew
Richard Tew

"Kwan L" is a freaking stooge and a poverty pimp.

Donnol Hem
Donnol Hem

Quanell X is as much as a racist as the racism he "fights"

Cedric Meredith
Cedric Meredith

Sheriff Garcia he would give an apology if the NEw evidence turned out factual. www.designwayz.com

Carlitos Way
Carlitos Way

So since he already has a record he doesn't deserve an apology after being seen as the next school shooter on national tv? That's b.s.

Susan Fehrman Garcia
Susan Fehrman Garcia

No way! All "they" Q and the others want is an apology meaning admit wrong doing...Berry is the wrong doer, he should apologize!

Tony Gutierrez
Tony Gutierrez

He was probably running with the gun in his pants and shot himself, then threw the gun away

Cedric Meredith
Cedric Meredith

Yes! He deserves an apologyfor the simple fact the way the media protrayed his character as resident of Houston. ww.designwayz.com is good media:)

rgrhourgr
rgrhourgr

As long as Quan X gets his appearance fee no one gonna get ruffed up or shot.

Dudley_Dawson
Dudley_Dawson

I would also try not to leave a comb stuck on the back of my head when talking to the press.

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck.......

craig.malisow
craig.malisow

@Jordan Hubble Sorry, Jordan, not sure how citing a criminal record is racist. If you want to argue that his criminal record is immaterial, that's one thing. But an accusation of racism is way off-base.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Shirley N Eddie Martinez Something something second amendment.

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