Raynetta Turner: Mother of Eight is Latest Victim in String of Black Female Jail Cell Deaths


*Here we go again.

And the absolute frightening thing about the fact that this is yet one more black woman found dead in her jail cell within only a few days of each other, is that this appears to be a trend. And as with any trend, after a while, it loses its significance.

And that’s pretty f*cked up.

AND WE CAN’T LET THAT HAPPEN. It’s significant. And it’s going to remain important. The fact that African American women are mysteriously dying in jail demands our constant attention. And I’d say it gives black women (and those who support us) cause to be angry! No matter how inconvenient it may be to the so-called positive thinkers of the world; whose day it might be darkening. Or to those who criticize the websites for not writing more positive news. We want more positive news. But we can’t ignore THIS REALITY.


And though these “mysterious deaths” are not wished upon anyone; why do they only appear to be happening to African American women?

Raynetta Turner was a mother of eight. She was found dead in a Mount Vernon jail cell on Monday afternoon, two days after she was taken into custody on charges of shoplifting. She is the fifth Black woman this month to die while in police custody.

According to Mount Vernon Mayor Earnest Davis, the 43-year-old woman was apprehended on Saturday for allegedly stealing from a wholesale food store. She made it clear to officers shortly after her arrest that she had hypertension and told them she had just had Bariatric (weight loss) surgery and was suffering with complications.

She was then taken to an area hospital to be checked out; was apparently kept overnight and cleared for release to authorities the following day. But when authorities went to gather her for her court appearance that Monday, they found her unresponsive in her cell.

A short time later, she was pronounced dead.

Her husband, Herman Turner, is demanding answers after officers say they thought she was just sleeping.

“All I know is my wife is dead, and no one is saying anything,” Mr. Turner told a New York ABC affiliate. “She was a mother, she was a wife. She was mine. No longer is she mine.”

An autopsy is being performed and an investigation ensues as the police department, medical examiner, district attorney’s office and attorney general’s office gather information.

Ponder this…

Do you believe this string of mysterious deaths of African American women stems from a new systematic strategy designed to eliminate the birth of any future black males?


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