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Sheriff Garcia is taking heat from weekend party shooting wrongful arrest

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Sheriff Adrian Garcia stood on the steps of the Harris County Jail to defend his investigators. He wasn't alone. The Minster's Against Crime were there defending them also.

"We need to let Sheriff Garcia and his office complete the investigation and let justice be done." said Rev Reginald Lillie.

Garcia has taken a lot of heat from community activist Quanell X for a wrongful arrest. They had arrested Willie Young as one of the gunmen who opened fire at this house party in Cypress over the weekend.

Two teenagers died, 19 more were injured either by bullets or in the ensuing chaos. Young's family came forward to defend him saying he was not involved. They and Activist Quanell X found other witnesses who told investigators that he was not involved. Tuesday Quanell accused the investigators of being lazy and racist. "We're seeing young African American men being arrested in a rush to judgment to satisfy the public's appetite."

But Garcia says there was no rush.. Three people including one of the victims identified young as a shooter.

"In the legal world that kind of evidence is golden. Very rarely do victims of crime get to say 'I know who hurt me. I know their name. I know them by description. I know them by interaction. ' Rarely do you have that." He said.

He and the ministers said once they learned Young was not a shooter they moved quickly to have the charges against him dropped. In the meantime the Sheriff says they need more good solid information to solve the case.

"We need anyone with good information to step forward. It's not snitching. It's being a good neighbor."


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