You might as well call it a death sentence if you’re an elected official who is labeled a racist in this day and age. That’s unless the people who vote for you at the polls don’t really have an issue with someone who has a soiled past wrapped in a Confederate flag.
That’s the problem Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith is facing.
Smith runs the jail where 28 year old Sandra Bland was found dead on July 13th. Investigators and the Harris County Medical Examiner say it was a suicide while some in the public insist it was murder behind bars.
That controversial death has made Smith public enemy number one and with that title comes the usual. The Factor has learned Sheriff Smith has received several death threats since Bland’s story gained national attention.
Reliable sources say those promises of death to the Sheriff started rolling in after the Prairie View graduate and Chicago native’s death became a rallying call on social media.
The threats could also explain why Sheriff Smith allowed Captain Brian Cantrell to conduct one of the most important press conferences Monday since the story first broke last week. Captain Cantrell was tasked with answering questions from the news media after he released the video of Bland’s last few hours alive in the Waller County jail. Visibly absent at the press briefing was Sheriff Smith.
Smith has been a controversial figure since being fired from the Hempstead Police Department back in March 2008. Back then the city council accused Smith of targeting Blacks in the community and shoddy police work. Then Mayor Michael Wolfe told the Factor by phone there was no one specific reason why he was fired but several and they gave Smith the chance to resign but he refused.
In the meantime, we have learned some residents of Waller County will attend the Commissioner’s Court meeting Wednesday and ask for Sheriff Smith to resign.
LaVaughn Mosley, a good friend of Sandra Bland, says it’s time the Sheriff Smith steps down.
Moseley says he will make his call for a resignation public at the 9:00 a.m. session that’s open to the public.
There’s no word if Sheriff Smith will attend.
Note: A request for information on the death threats against Smith has not been answered as of yet by the Waller County Sheriff’s Office!