Target: Charleston County Sheriff J. Al Cannon Jr.
Goal: Fire the officers who allegedly left Joyce Curnell to die in her jail cell without water or medical treatment.
A new statement from the attorney of the family of 50-year-old black woman Joyce Curnell alleges that she died in a jail cell under police custody at the Charleston County jail because she was deprived of water and medical attention.
Curnell was arrested at a hospital last summer for failing to pay court fines. She was at the hospital being treated for a stomach illness. She sadly spent the last 27 hours of her life behind bars in jail.
While Curnell was in the jail cell, she allegedly fell too ill to eat and was vomiting all night but couldn’t make it to a bathroom. Rather than helping her, jailers allegedly just gave her a garbage bag to use.
The attorney’s statement included an expert opinion from a local doctor, who said Curnell’s death probably could have been prevented if she had been properly treated for her illness.
It’s sickening that so many black women have mysteriously or forcibly died while in police custody. Bring justice for Curnell and her family by demanding that officials fire the officers who allegedly left Curnell to die.
Dear Sheriff J. Al Cannon Jr.,
Under the care of your officers at the Charleston County jail, 50-year-old black woman Joyce Curnell died in her jail cell from an alleged lack of water and medical care. Curnell was arrested at a hospital where she was being treated for a stomach illness, and she allegedly failed to receive continued care at your jail.
Curnell was allegedly vomiting all night in her jail cell and, rather than helping her, jailers supposedly just gave her a garbage bag.
This treatment or lack thereof is completely irresponsible and uncalled for. I urge you to fire the officers who allegedly left Joyce Curnell to die in her jail cell.
[Your Name Here]
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