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Family Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Galveston Sheriff

(Photo: About News) Family and Legal Team of Jesse Jacobs
(Photo: About News) Family and Legal Team of Jesse Jacobs

 

Family Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Galveston Sheriff

The Family Of Jesse Jacobs, A Gay Man That Died In Custody Of The Galveston County Jail Have Filed A Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Galveston’s Henry Trochesset And Officials For His Death!


 

(Galveston, Texas) 03/14/16 – On the steps of the United States Federal Court House in Houston; family, friends, and the legal team for Jesse Jacobs announced their filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against Galveston Sheriff Henry Trochesset and officials after one year of ‘run arounds, no answers, and lack of transparency from officials’.

In the middle of some of the biggest media outlets in the country, lead attorneys U.A. Lewis and Debra V. Jennings outlined details in the federal complaint filed on the one-year anniversary of their client’s death.

The federal complaint accuses the Galveston County Sheriff of having blood on his hands in the death of Jacobs, accusing the Sheriff, his medical staff, and jailers of violating Jacob’s 8th and 14th amendment rights.

“The Galveston Sheriff executed our son.” The father of Jacobs stated to members of the media. “Today is the next step in finding answers.”

According to the complaint, Jacobs started having seizures after four days of incarceration as a direct result of lack of prescribed medication.

Disturbing details in the complaint outline how jail officials placed Jacobs in solitary confinement after he started to show signs of ‘withdrawals’ instead of transporting him to UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch). The jail did not have a medical unit, as required by federal law.

In the solitary cell that had no water, sink, shower or toilet, Jacobs was found unresponsive, with his matress covered in fecal matter.

“This is one of the worst cases of medical indifference to human life I have ever seen,” said Houston civil rights attorney, Randall Kallinen, “This goes on far more often than the public realizes.”

Jacobs was sentenced to 30 days (would have served only 15) for a DWI in Galveston County in 2015. The family claims the jail staff was provided with a prescription Jacobs needed, and had been prescribed for more than 10 years.

The complaint alleges that’s because the jail officials refused to provide prescribed medications that were imperative for Jacobs, he died.

One of the medical doctors mentioned and asked to provide health care to Jacobs while incarcerated appeared before the Texas Medical Board last week in Austin, Texas ‘steaming’ from a complaint filed by the Jacobs family. Another doctor, Dr. Teresa Becker, has a hearing set for April.

The Galveston County Medical Examiner determined Jesse’s cause of death to be “abrupt discontinuation of long term medication.” Jacobs died one year ago today at the University of Texas Galveston after being transported from the Galveston County Jail.

The family is seeking twenty-five million dollars in the lawsuit.

‘UR GAY’ sticker placed on customer’s car at Goodyear

(Beaumont) – Anita Carrillo’s visit to the Goodyear Auto Service Center for an oil change did not flow too well.

The sticker placed in the top left of her windshield to remind her of her next oil change had an extra message: “UR GAY,” Carillo said.

“My shirt that I had on was multicolored, maybe he thought I was trying to represent gay pride or something, I have no clue,” she said.

To this day, Carrillo is not sure why the mechanic printed the message, but she knew it was not professional. So she contacted a manager.

“He didn’t really apologize for it, he just kind of made an excuse for it,” Carrillo said.

Carrillo took her complaint to Facebook and posted a picture of the altered sticker. It went viral in Southeast Texas and it got the attention of Goodyear.

“I got speak to a higher-up manager and he really apologized and he was like this shouldn’t have happened and he took action,” Carillo said.

On Tuesday, he gave Carrillo her money back, and a new sticker without any creative messages on it. Carrillo hopes her ordeal inspires others to put the brakes on bad customer service.

Carrillo said the manager told her the mechanic that put the offensive sticker on her SUV is no longer with Goodyear.

Popular Galveston Performer Morgan Woods Has Died

GALVESTON,Tx — Popular Galveston drag performer Morgan Woods has died this evening according to close friends. No details have been made available on his cause of death.

Woods whom real name was John M Cely, was from Lufkin, Texas, and studied at Hudson High School

Pearland ISD Superintendent Makes Hostile Statement Against LGBT+

Pearland ISD Superintendent Makes Hostile Statement Against LGBT+

A Texas Superintendent Makes A Public Statement Regarding His Schools Position on Transgender Students; Including His Religious Beliefs!

A statement by John Kelly (the Superintendent of Pearland I.S.D.) has the district and top administrator answering tough questions. Last week several leaders of Houston-suburb school district responded to President Obama’s “Guidance Letter” regarding the use of bathrooms by transgender students.

The statement released to the public details Kelly’s position on transgender students, adding his political and religious beliefs.

“A hostile vocal minority now rules in America aided by an apathetic, unengaged majority. What’s next? Legalizing pedophilia and polygamy,” Kelly states. “Unless we return to the Biblical basis on which our nation’s laws were established, we are in serious trouble — and cannot expect God’s continued favor,” Kelly adds.

The community, and students of Pearland I.S.D. have taken to the web, and Change.org seeking Kelly to apologize.

‘Kelly made some incredibly offensive remarks regarding the LGBT community in the Pearland Journal,’ writes Michael Alvarez; the creator of the Change.org petition. ‘It would be one thing if Kelly held political office, but he doesn’t. He is a nonpartisan figure, and as such, should not publicly comment on such controversial issues.’

Pearland is the seventh-fastest growing city in the United States.