Target: Cleveland Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams
Goal: Conduct a proper investigation into woman’s suspicious death in jail.
In police footage, a woman who was jailed after a reported fight with her allegedly abusive husband tells police she doesn’t want to die in jail just hours before she was found dead. She can be heard in the video discussing her health requirements and saying that she doesn’t expect any special treatment, but she doesn’t want to die in jail. She details of a list of complicated, serious health conditions such as a brain condition and others that require multiple medications. Additionally, the officer allegedly promises her that the other officers won’t yell at her again, saying he’s addressed the issue with them.
Although the initial autopsy results reportedly don’t show any suspicious injuries, it’s possible this woman’s death could’ve been prevented. It seems likely she died under unnecessary conditions and that her death could be a result of neglect and carelessness on the officers’ part.
Please urge Cleveland’s chief of police to give the family the answers and ensure a proper investigation is conducted in the tragic death of their loved one.
Dear Chief Williams,
A woman with extensive health problems reportedly told police officers that she feared for her life hours before dying in jail. Her death eerily resembles that of Sandra Bland’s–another woman of color who died under suspicious circumstances in jail.
This woman told police she didn’t want to die in a jail cell, and that’s exactly what happened. Her family fears that her death was unnecessary and possibly a result of neglect on the part of the police. We urge you to make sure a proper, thorough investigation is conducted to find out if officers played a role in her unnecessary death.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Cleveland Heights Police Department