A man with a troubled background, Le Roy Gillam
, will lead a public forum tonight on local law enforcement issues and complaints about the treatment of inmates in the Taylor County Jail.
The forum is the second one within a month for Gillam
to lead in Abilene.
"This deals with problems that blacks, whites, Hispanics and others are experiencing," Gillam
told the Reporter-News
on Thursday."That's why I don't call them 'civil rights' issues.They are 'human rights."' Gillam
invited local law enforcement officials to the forum.
has a drivers license, but even that has a different name than Le Roy Gillam
also has had two civil judgments against him, one in 1999 and the other in 2003, and he
filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1999, Martin said.
"If people have specific complaints about the jail, police or sheriff's department, they should bring those complaints to the people involved," he
said."But why should we go to the forum?We don't want to deal with a person of that sort of character.And he
brings no credentials." Gillam
identifies himself on his
Web site (http://www.southeasternchristianassociation.com/) as Rev. Dr. Le Roy Gillam
.Martin said the police department's investigation could not verify whether Gillam has a doctorate.
...Gillam said Thursday he is president of the South Eastern Christian Association.
The Web site says the organization is nonprofit and deals with issues concerning women's rights, police abuse, civil rights, medical malpractice, gang violence, prison abuse, food assistance, drug counseling, rent assistance, family counseling, legal assistance and child protective services. Gillam
was not available Friday to respond to Martin's comments.
...Speaker: Le Roy Gillam, founder and president of South Eastern Christian Association in Houston