Target: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Goal: Launch investigation into the death of a black women in custody after she was jailed following a serious car crash.
Another black woman died in police custody after she was jailed immediately following a severe car accident in which her car flipped over several times. According to reports, instead of being taken to a hospital, Symone Nicole Marshall was arrested and jailed for alleged drug possession and “failure to identify.”
According to her sister, Marshall complained multiple times of headaches and blackouts, and her sister repeatedly implored Marshall’s jailers to take her to a real hospital. Instead, she was reportedly seen by a doctor brought into the jail and “treated and cleared.” Later, she had a seizure and was taken to a hospital, but by then it was too late and she was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival.
Headaches and blackouts after a car crash of this nature point to head trauma, which typically requires medical imaging to confirm. The equipment necessary to scan for head injuries would not be available in a jail, which is why Marshall needed to be taken to an actual hospital. Why this request was refused is unclear.
Marshall is another in a long line of black women suddenly or mysteriously dying in police custody. The Walker County Sheriff’s Department claims that she refused medical treatment directly after the crash, but in many similar cases, police departments have been caught lying about the details to cover up for misconduct.
The more police departments are allowed to get away with mistreatment and neglect of the people in their custody, especially when it comes to black women, the more are going to die. Sign to demand that the U.S. Department of Justice investigates the circumstances around Marshall’s death and punish those responsible.
Dear Attorney General Loretta Lynch,
Another black woman recently died in police custody after being arrested immediately after being subject to a severe car crash. Her car flipped over multiple times, yet instead of being brought to a hospital, she was taken to jail for alleged drug possession. There, she reportedly complained of headaches and blackouts but was still not taken to a hospital for a head scan, which might have prevented her death.
Symone Nicole Marshall eventually died after suffering a seizure. There’s a disturbing pattern of formerly healthy black women dying in police custody, and details in similar cases have been hidden or lied about by police departments to cover up for misconduct. We demand that the Department of Justice launches an investigation into Marshall’s death and doles out punishment for any misconduct found.
[Your Name Here]
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