Family of man who died at Bexar County Jail files federal civil rights lawsuit, Rickhoff enters race for Sheriff
County Judge Wolff and Sheriff Salazar have both before expressed the sentiment of, ‘Well jail is no place for the mentally ill.’ The question then becomes why was a 63 year old mentally ill person in jail? Why did he die in jail? Why have multiple people behind the Bexar County Jail bars died? As of November 9th the total is rising above 10 deaths behind bars in the last year. Most, found unresponsive in their cell with no clear answers as to how they died, one death explained as ‘natural causes’.
Jack Ule was 63 years old when he died behind bars in April. “He died a lonely - lonely and gruesome - death,” local attorney Leslie Sachanowicz said.
Candidates running for Bexar County Sheriff have voiced their disdain for the ‘job’ Salazar is doing as Sheriff. Those running to unseat Salazar include former Bexar County Clerk, Gerard Rickhoff, retired BCSO Lieutenant Jose Trevino, former chief criminal investigator Willie Ng, and former Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela.
With a plethora of 'get out of jail free' cards handed out by releasing the wrong inmates, lightly addressed deaths, and an unhappy County Judge equals an uphill election battle for Salazar.
We will be looking further into the candidates as we continue to approach election time which is opens with early voting between February 20, 2020 - February 28, 2020. Election day is Tuesday, March 3, 2020.