In all likelihood, Sandra Bland would still be alive today if she’d been a white girl.
A splendid jury finished the occasion Monday and received no trespas crime committed on behalf of the sheriff’s office or the jailers committed. Bland was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13 after she was arrested, ostensibly for a transaction misdemeanour. Authorities said her fatality was a suicide, but their own families — and black activists everywhere — vehemently quarrelled the finding at the time, and numerous abide dubious.
“The family of Sandra Bland is believed that she was killed and did not is suicide, ” a solicitor for the family said in a statement in July. Since then, Bland’s family has come to acknowledge it is at least possible Bland took her working life — though they remain adamant that even if government officials version of events is true, “hes still” police negligence, and the officer who drew Bland over in the first place, that really induced her extinction. It’s difficult to believe, after all, that Bland would have been arrested and incarcerated if she used white, just as it’s hard to believe that a disheartened detainee could take her own life unless her guards were paying much less courtesy than they should have been.
Sanders, who met with Bland’s family earlier this year, issued a statement Tuesday that spoke of the “need to reform a extremely separated criminal justice system” — repetition the contemplates of a growing number of Americans who abhor the ethnic disparities in policing and the often violent treatment of pitch-black men and women by cops. After all, these are the same feelings fueling the present push to make it clear to those in dominance that black lives matter.
However, the non-indictment didn’t find as a collapse to many of the peoples of the territories passionate about Bland’s event 😛 TAGEND
No justice for #SandraBland and I can’t say I’m surprised. The method cannot miscarry those that it was never designed to protect.
— KY 2 SOCIETY (@ keysjournal) December 22, 2015
not being astounded that a grand jury isn’t indicting anyone for the assassination of #SandraBland doesn’t make it any less infuriating
— xenomorph papi (@ KasaiREX) December 22, 2015
Bland’s story transfixed and outraged many who was informed about her death, insured the video of her arrest and read about who she was — an activist herself, on a promising tour eventually cut short.
But Bland’s case is far from singular — it’s not even the only event like it that happened that month. Two weeks after Bland’s death, Ralkina Jones, 37, was encountered apathetic in her jail cell in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Jones had been arrested after her ex-husband accused her of assaulting him and trying to hit him with a auto. Once in custody, she described her medical conditions and necessary medications in detail to policemen, conveying feeling for her well-being.
“I don’t want to die in your cell, ” she told them, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group .
Jones was noticed 15 hours later. Her death was ruled accidental and related to her medical conditions.
Her story, in turn, seems a little like Raynette Turner’s, who died in a cadre in New York the next day after complaining about health problems.
As “the member states national” discussion around race and policing gained impetu in the past year, Bland’s death accompanied replaced awareness to the number of black maidens killed in police meetings. Activists launched campaigns like Say Her Name that are intended to amplify the histories of black ladies, which rarely receive national attention.
That comparative lack of attention is still very much such issues. The non-indictment in Bland’s case is reflective of more than one woman’s heartbreaking and untimely demise — it reflects the ongoing dearth of police accountability in a blueprint of cases involving black women and girls.
Below, you are able to read the stories of 13 other pitch-black women and girls killed during police meetings in the past 12 times. Their lineages are all still waiting for justice.