*Oh god. Let’s hope this isn’t the beginning of a trend.
With the mysterious death of Sandra Bland still leaving us with more questions than answers, very few of us even realize that another young African American woman was discovered in the same way, just one day later.
Kindra Chapman, 18, was found dead in her jail cell in Homewood, Alabama. Her death is being called an apparent suicide after she was discovered with a bed sheet around her neck.
Chapman’s death comes only one day after Bland’s, but less than an hour-and-a-half after she was booked into the jail.
According to AL.com, the teen was arrested on July 14 after she was accused of stealing a cell phone. She was booked into Homewood City Jail just before 6:30 p.m. and found unresponsive in her cell at 7:50 p.m.
There are similarities surrounding the death of both Bland and Chapman. The families of both women say they were at happy points in their lives; with a loving family and friends. They do not believe they would have taken their own lives.
Chapman’s death is being addressed by her family in a video report by local station WBRC. And Black Lives Matter activists have joined them in demanding answers.
An email was sent to AL.com by Chapman’s mother, Kathy Brady, who said she believes police killed her daughter, and that she wasn’t notified of Chapman’s death until 9 p.m.
More than an hour after it happened.
“I want answers, like where was she for 45 minutes,” her cousin Otis Chapman asked local station WBRC. “There’s surveillance all around… She would not harm herself at all… In my heart, she wouldn’t do nothing like that.”
With a bed sheet around his neck as a symbol to bring awareness to his young cousin’s untimely death, Chapman was protesting at the jail. He says that he doesn’t want her death to get “swept under the rug.” A “Black Lives Matter” banner could be seen behind him.
“She had family that loved her. She had unconditional love from all around,” her aunt Leslie Chapman told the station. “She would never do nothing like that, she was happy.”
Six Black Lives Matter protesters were arrested Tuesday for stopping nearby highway traffic to protest Chapman’s death, AL.com reports.
Jefferson County D.A. Brandon Falls told AL.com he has preliminary evidence to deliver to Chapman’s family, but he hasn’t been able to get in touch with them.
“I do not feel that it would be appropriate to release any information until I have spoken with the family about the investigation,” he said in a Tuesday statement. “Attempts have been made to contact the family and the attorneys, and I am awaiting a response from them.”
Read more at Raw Story and watch the WBRC video report directly below.