Texas civil rights attorney, Lee Merritt, announced his desire to be Texas’s new Attorney General in a video uploaded to Twitter over the weekend.
“Texas deserves an attorney general that will fight for the constitutional rights of all citizens,” Merritt tweeted.
The attorney, who has represented families of Black people killed by police officers, accidentally announced his plans to run for attorney general to reporters on Friday.
Merritt is concerned about how police officers respond to individuals suffering from mental health crises.
“I said that it was Ken Paxton’s responsibility,” he said. “I had been telling Ken Paxton that for a while, but he blocked me. And I said if he didn’t do his job, I would take his job. It’s clear he doesn’t want to do his job, so I decided to go ahead and take it. I’ll announce later.”
Merritt is currently representing the family of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed while jogging last year in Georgia.
I am running for Attorney General of Texas.
Texas deserves an attorney general that will fight for the constitutional rights of all citizens. pic.twitter.com/JhE9HSPc8q
— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) March 20, 2021