For those of you that read the Houston Chronicle in print, you likely awoke to this headline across the front page of the city/state section this morning: "Garcia Urged to step down over death of inmate: Quanell X says sheriff hasn't faced discipline since mentally ill man died."
Correction: Terry Goodwin didn't die in lockup...though, given HSCO's history, he might have had guards stormed his cell.
The article recounts how Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia brought the hammer down last week, disciplining nearly 40 jailers upon concluding the department's internal investigation into why inmate Terry Goodwin was locked in a trash- and shit-covered cell for weeks back in 2013. Not one to let a controversy slide without getting some air time, community
provocateur activist Quanell X held a short news conference outside the Harris County Jail Sunday. Flanked by Goodwin's parents, Quanell demanded that Garcia, who's widely-expected to announce his run for mayor of Houston any day now, resign as sheriff over the incident.
A couple things. Goodwin isn't dead; he's currently being held in TDCJ's Hutchins Unit after being convicted of punching a Harris County jailer while in lockup -- the incident apparently led to the squalid conditions in which Goodwin was held, with Garcia telling reporters last week that Goodwin was isolated in his cell due to a "poor attempt not to engage in a physical confrontation" with the inmate.
And Goodwin's treatment -- which everyone, including Garcia himself, admits was deplorable -- is hardly the most troubling thing to have happened to an inmate under the sheriff's watch.More »