Raynette Turner’s Death Leads to Probe By State Appointed Special Prosecutor


*Well, we might be getting somewhere with regard to the mysterious deaths of African American women while in the custody of police. Albeit as a snails pace. A state appointed prosecutor from New York has been hired to investigate any deaths that occur while the person is in police custody; starting with the death of Raynette Turner, the 43-year-old mother of eight who was found dead in a jail cell in Mount Vernon, New York last week.

As EURThisNthat previously reported, after Turner was taken into custody for allegedly shoplifting in a neighborhood grocery store on Saturday, July 25, she made it known to police that she suffered from numerous health problems, including issues following weight loss surgery and hypertension. She was taken to a local hospital, but discharged to authorities the following day. On Monday morning, she was found unresponsive in her jail cell and she was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Turner marks one of four African American women to meet such a fate. Though at least two of their deaths have arguably been deemed suicide, the women include Sandra Bland, 28, who was found hanged; followed by Kindra Chapman, 18, also hanged; then Ralkina Jones, 37, who was found unresponsive on her cot.

Now a special prosecutor is looking into the jail cell deaths of these women. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has now appointed Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as the special prosecutor who will investigate the deaths.

New York is the first state to enforce this action and Turner’s death will be the first case that it will apply to.

Gov Andrew Cuomo
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

If there is any conclusive evidence of wrongdoing found by the probe, which was launched earlier today, Schneiderman’s office will press charges against the police department.

As of today, toxicology tests are still pending in regard to Turner’s autopsy.


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