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Sheriff's movie cameo dripping with controversy

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A two-year-old indie film is breathing new life in 2012, thanks to the cameo of a certain Harris County Sheriff.

If you can't recognize the actor in "In Search of the American Dream", it's sitting Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

Eric Batton, vice president of the Harris County Deputies' Organization, said Garcia appears in a movie that paints law enforcement as the bad guys, individuals who would shoot an innocent young girl on the side of the road.

"The movie grossly distorts the job that dedicated law enforcement professionals do every day by portraying them as murderous thugs," Batton said.

Garcia's political staff fired back with a simple YouTube post, putting Bob Goerlitz, president of HCDO, in an uncomfortable position.

Isiah: "They are leveling some strong allegations against you. What would you say to something like that?"

Goerlitz: "It's an absolute lie, absolute lie.  Anyone who knows me knows me better than that."

Garcia's reps provided FOX 26 with a YouTube comment, they said, Goerlitz posted four years ago under the name Deputy2345.  That is also the name of Goerlitz's Twitter handle.  It reads:

"why the hell would you want to drop that? one, your a n*****, or 2 you are retarded."

That comment was posted on a video showing a Ford F-150 truck.
"Show me the electronic fingerprint where I put that in there because I did not.  I absolutely did not type that in there," Goerlitz said.  "Character assassination.  It's just that.  They're coming after me because I've struck a nerve with them."

He said his YouTube account was hacked because he hates the "N-word".

"It's easy.  If I had enough time, I could probably hack someone else's Youtube account.  I could play around with their password.  Simple."

Why are Garcia's reps releasing the comment after the sheriff was criticized by the union for his role in this movie?  A representative said they just learned of Goerlitz's alleged Youtube comment Thursday night.

Sheriff Garcia's campaign staff issued this statement:

"Sheriff Garcia is putting more deputies on the street, turned a $56 million deficit into a $2 million surplus, and cut crimes like rape and murder to keep our families safe.  Guthrie and his business associates in the HCDO are left to grasp at straws and stage cheap political stunts.

"Perhaps, Batton and his business partners, Guthrie and Pyne, should protest the movie "Training Day" for inspiring Guthrie's close friend and former subordinate, Tony Lewis, for delivering stolen goods in a truck designed as a rolling Guthrie campaign billboard."

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