*Sandra Bland of Texas, Kindra Chapman of Alabama, Joyce Curnell of South Carolina, Ralkina Jones of Ohio, Alexis McGovern of Missouri, and Raynetta Turner of New York (scroll down for photos) and now a teenage girl named Gynnya McMillen of Kentucky (shown above) are all African American women who were found “unresponsive” while in police custody.
The first six within a month’s time.
These deaths appear to be an alarming new trend that continues to call into question WHAT IN THE HELL IS GOING ON ONCE THESE WOMEN ARE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY?
I don’t even recall hearing of such a thing–and certainly not with such regularity– prior to July 13, 2015, when Bland was found unresponsive in a Waller County, Texas jail cell; and we were expected to believe she had hung herself in a period of what, the two days she had been there based on a traffic stop?
Why are black women dying in jail all of a sudden?
Now we have 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen, a teen described by residential counselor, Karen Whaley, as a “quiet, beautiful person” who “kept to herself” as the latest victim in this highly suspect trend.
What the f**k is going on? Have these authorities become so convinced that no one will miss these black women? Or do they feel that we will raise hell for “a hot minute” and then the storm will blow over?
Are you as baffled as I am?
PEOPLE DON’T JUST DIE WHILE BEING HELD IN PRISON!!!
On Monday, counselor Whaley spoke with 48 Hours Crimesider and said, “Gynnya stayed to herself a whole lot. She didn’t bother anyone, she didn’t disturb anyone and didn’t kick up any fuss. I don’t know how she passed and that’s the one thing that’s blowing me away. That and it being in police custody.”
A Facebook page was created on Monday by someone claiming to be a family member seeking “Justice for Gynnya McMillen.” It asks for help in getting more information on Gynnya’s mysterious death.
“My 16yr old sister died in custody of a detention center but they’re not giving out any info on how she was found and they’re saying (her) autopsy shows no cause of death.” The post has been shared more than 19,000 times.
There is also no available information as to why this young woman was in custody in the first place. And according to the local coroner it will be “weeks” before it is determined exactly how she died. But from what they could tell so far, “there was no bruising” on her body that indicated trauma.
The New York Daily News reports that a worker at the juvenile facility spoke anonymously and stated that McMillen had just entered the facility less than 24 hours before she died. A local police spokesperson confirmed this.
The publication further reports that the former employee said that if McMillen died in a holding cell, something would be seriously wrong. Holding cells all have cameras and the children being held in them, according to the former employee, are supposed to be looked at in 15-minute increments to guarantee their well-being. Furthermore, it is not normal for children to be held in holding cells overnight.
With McMillen’s death comes an onslaught of questions and the press, the public, and everyone with a pulse should demand answers NOW.
We cannot have NOT ONE MORE BLACK WOMAN OR MAN be found “unresponsive” in a jail cell, with no answers to justify why they were not checked on in a timely manner; taken to the hospital, or why the cameras that are supposed to be placed did not happen to capture them while they were there.
As the saying goes, sumpthin’ just ain’t right.