Dallas attorney and civil rights activist Lee Merritt announced that he is running against incumbent Ken Paxton for Texas attorney general.
Merritt took to social media and talked about the challenges the two-term Republican incumbent post-Saturday morning.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is already in tension after multiple former employees claimed that he abused his power in office.
Merritt is well-known in North Texas courtrooms, representing the families of multiple people who were killed by police.
Merritt took to Instagram and expressed his willingness to run.
He said he never planned for this but is confirming that he will run against Paxton for attorney general.
Merritt has represented the families of Botham Jean and Attatiana Jefferson, and right now, he is representing the family of Marvin Scott, who had mental health problems and died while in custody at the Collin County jail.
Merritt said law enforcement officers aren’t trained properly on handling people with mental health issues while in custody.
He said, "I said it was Ken Paxton’s responsibility. I had been telling Ken Paxton for a while, but he blocked me. 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."