*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. Continue reading →
Allow me to agree with your skepticism and not get comfortable with any false sense of security such as that referred to in the headline. L.A.P.D. says things have calmed down in the alleged gang-related threat that promised to slaughter a hundred random people over the next 100 days.
Only thing is, and you’ve got to wonder, what is their statement based on? Well here’s your answer:
The past 5 days.
This piece is being written today, Thursday, July 30. And according to an article in the Los Angeles Times, “Deputy Chief Bill Scott said the LAPD’s 77th Street Division — the epicenter of this weekend’s violence — had not seen a gang-related shooting since Saturday night.”
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.
BLACK WOMEN ARE DYING IN POLICE CUSTODY AND THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY!
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. Continue reading →
Three people were shot up while sitting in an automobile in a Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago. Two of them were killed. That’s the injury part.
Now for the insult.
When Chicago police repo’d the car and towed it away, witnesses say they did so with the deceased bodies still inside. One of them said to be leaning from the window.
I’m just the messenger, I don’t make this sh*t up.
Chicago residents can be seen on the street in the video raising absolute hell as the incident unfolds before their eyes. James Hawthorne, aka ‘Jhustlecity’ recorded the incident, narrates the scene while doing so and on Sunday, uploaded it to YouTube.
He is the one who asks the question at the top of this article.
First Sandra, then Kindra, and now another woman has been found dead in her cell after being arrested and taken to jail. This time to the Cleveland Heights jail. This woman, whose name is Ralkina Jones, had been taken into custody for going to the workplace of her ex-husband and assaulting him.
She died in her jail cell bed over the weekend, police say.
An autopsy was performed by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner on Monday and spokesman Chris Harris told HuffPost that “no suspicious injuries” to Jones’ body had been reported. But he also said this was inconclusive because “further studies” were being done to determine a cause of death. Continue reading →
*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. Continue reading →
*White Woman Led Cops on Hi-Speed Chase, Head-Butts Officer & Tries to Grab His Gun, Then Steals the Cop Car
..and yes, she lives.
Talk about white privilege. And it was caught on tape. The whole two minutes and 32 seconds of it.
Whew! Where do we begin with this story of blatant white privilege. A woman obviously high on something does more to incite police brutality than any number of the African American men and women could even think of doing, and the reversal of how she is treated WILL BLOW YOUR MIND…Or not! In the video, the first thing you hear the officer tell the woman, after she has sent them on a high-speed chase in her own car, and head-butted a deputy as soon as she gets out of the car:
“You are not going to get shot at all, you hear me?”
As he tries to restrain the hysterical woman, who, later in the video begs to be shot, you can see the cut on her forehead, where she head-butted the deputy once she got out of her car (which stopped after she crashed it!) Continue reading →
*This news is going to rile a whole lot of people up!
According to the Chicago AFP since no evidence was found at an autopsy on Sandra Bland to suggest homicide, prosecutors say her death has been ruled a suicide.
Bland, 28, was found hanging with a trash bag around her neck, from a privacy partition in her jail cell, three days after being pulled over because she did not use her signal to change lanes; and supposedly got into an argument with the state trooper who arrested her.
Bland’s incarceration and subsequent death caused public outrage; with her loved ones, community leaders and civic groups demanding justice.
Even with that, her family, friends and extended community gets none with this ruling.Continue reading →