Sweeping Change Is Being Called Upon In Waller County

 

A jailhouse suicide, a missing machine gun and now an alleged sexual assault.
All synonymous for the Waller county jail infamous for the 2015 Sandra bland case.

And together they add up to renewed scrutiny of the Sheriff's office.
Greg Grogan has the story for us tonight

Calls for sweeping change are once again ringing out in Waller county.
The latest troubling controversy centers on Glenn Smith, the same sheriff, running the same jail where Sandra Bland committed suicide.

The focus now - allegations by a female inmate who claims she was sexually assaulted by a male inmate who was allowed access to her quarters in the jail.

"If one woman was easily able to be assaulted and they didn't even know that it had happened until she reported it than we don't know how many women have been assaulted in this jail." Rev. Hannah Bonner, Hope Ame Church

Waller County Commissioners have called for Smith's resignation as did the County Judge and District Attorney.

But the Sheriff says "no", offering instead "drastic" change and firing five jailers to show he means business.

The gesture was good enough to buy time from Judge Trey Duhon and top prosecutor Elton Mathis.

Community activists and critics called the reversal collusion.

"They are all corrupt, they are all corrupt, and all three need to go!" Dwayne Charleston
Former Waller County Justice Of The Peace

In addition to the rape allegation and the suspicious death of Bland, Smith is under fire for losing a small arsenal including a county-owned machine gun, which was mysteriously stolen from his parked vehicle.

The sheriff says he's a hired a deeply experienced jail administrator to overhaul operation of the tragedy-plagued jail.

He also predicted a soon-to-be released audit of county weapons which will clear him of wrongdoing.
His critics believe if that's the outcome it's further proof of Waller County corruption.

"We will be back her in three months for something having to do with improprieties in the County Jail." Dwayne Charleston Former Waller County Justice Of The Peace

"I know that DA Elton Mathis has said he wants to give Sheriff Smith another chance, but how many chances does this man deserve." Rev. Hannah Bonner, Hope Ame Church
 


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