HOUSTON, TX—The family of 72-year-old Norman Hicks Sr. sent a message on Father's Day in front of the Harris County Jail steps by chanting: ‘What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!’
The protest was for Hicks Sr. who died inside the Harris County Jail earlier this year.
“We even had a sheriff deputy investigator come to the hospital when this happened way back in January and told us my father was in an altercation with a sheriff deputy," said the victim’s son Norman Hicks Jr.
The cause of death was ruled a homicide by the coroner’s office.
Community activist Quanell X said, "The autopsy report still has not been released to the family, but the death certificate states homicide."
However, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office a homicide does not necessarily mean it was a criminal act.
"We're demanding that the Harris County D.A.'s (district attorney) Office comes back with a murder indictment against this deputy," said Quanell X.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office told NewsFix that "any deal while the person is in our custody we take very seriously. There are lengthy investigations. There are complex investigations. Until those investigations are completed we can't really discuss details."
“There's only two people involved: a sheriff deputy and my father," said Hicks Jr.
"We’re outraged and angry,” said Quanell X. “We want to make sure that this grand jury investigation is thorough because if it is this man, this deputy will be indicted for cold blooded murder."
The Harris County Sheriff's Office told NewsFix that its jail commanders and staff members have met with the Hicks family on at least one occasion to answer numerous questions.