Grits for Breakfast: Deaths in custody near-daily events in Texas
According to this list on the Attorney Generals website, there have been 3,680 people who’ve died in custody of state and local law enforcement in Texas since 2005, which seems like a remarkable number – roughly one per day. Nearly half the deaths happened in TDCJ units. Heres an excel file with a list of the deceased.
I think of Tim Cole often, and not because I corresponded with author Fred B. McKinney and read his book.
I think of Tim because I’ve had asthma all my life, and suspect that Tim was denied his emergency inhaler, and that it caused his death.
I also think of Tim because the actual rapist tried to free him, more than once.
It’s not unusual for the actual criminal to come forward when an innocent is framed.
What’s unusual is for anyone in authority to actually listen to the actual criminal.
Ignoring actual criminals is just another filthy facet of civil immunities. Officers have qualified immunities, while prosecutors, D.A. and A.G.’s have absolute immunities … no form of misconduct, including ignoring easily verifiable confessions from actual rapists, robbers and killers, is against the law.
The answer isn’t Conviction Integrity Units, especially not Conviction Integrity Units staffed with public servants that have qualified or absolute immunity from prosecution for deliberate misconduct.
The answer is doing away with civil immunities.
It’s called equal justice. And we used to have it.