Justice for Mentally Ill Woman Who Died in Prison

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Target: Holloway Prison Superintendent Emily Thomas

Goal: Bring justice to a woman who died without medical treatment in her cell.

Under mysterious circumstances, Sarah Reed was found dead in her cell at HM Holloway Prison in London. The 32-year-old had allegedly choked herself to death on the bed in her cell, according to the police report. When her family came in to identify her body, they were met with hostility and were allegedly turned away without seeing it.

Reed had a history with the police before, which adds suspicion to her death. In 2012, she was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting. She was brutally assaulted by an officer who was later suspended after it was caught on camera. It is worth noting, Reed is black and the officer is white. Last month, Reed was arrested for assault, although she claimed it was self-defense against someone who was attempting to sexually assault her.

Reed also suffered from mental illness that started after a traumatic event in 2003. She suddenly lost her newborn son and was forced to bring the baby’s body to the undertaker herself. She never recovered from the event. In prison, she was denied her proper medication and treatment. There are a lot of unanswered questions about the case, and Reed’s family deserves to know the truth. Anti-black police brutality extends further than just the United States. Let the prison warden know that the Reed family should know the truth about their daughter’s death. And, if applicable, any wrongdoing found in her death should go punished.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Superintendent Thomas,

We are writing to demand that the truth comes out over the death of Sarah Reed. We know that Reed had a previous, negative encounter with law enforcement after she was beaten brutally by an officer, and we want to know if this had any influence over her death. She was reported to have choked herself on her bed, potentially in her sleep. This is almost physically impossible, especially during sleep. The fact that her family was turned away from seeing her body adds to the suspicion.

It is shameful to hear that a prison that got a stellar inspection record only a few months ago can then deny a woman her needed medication and treatment. That is no way to treat a prisoner. Reed was in need of her treatment for mental illness, and there is no logical or legal reason why it was not given to her. Her family deserves to know why she was denied treatment and why she died. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered. Please bring justice for this unfortunate death and punish any potential wrongdoers.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: David Anstiss

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