By Evette D. Champion
In the not-so-distant past, there have been an alarming number of stories being reported where #black people have died while they were in the custody of police officials. Whether they were shot and killed, strangled, or denied medical attention, the fact of the matter is that people have died needlessly. Because of these sad events, the mantra “Black Lives Matter” began circling social media in order to bring the tragedies into the public eye.
Even though the public is aware of the wrongful deaths and there have been numerous protests and public demonstrations regarding the matter, two more black lives were lost while in police custody. Ah, but there is a twist!
The most well-known case is of Sandra Bland, a black woman who relocated from Chicago to Texas. She moved to Texas because she was to start a new job at her alma mater—Prairie View A & M University. Shortly after moving to Texas, she was arrested during a traffic stop. Upon her arrest, she was later found dead in her cell. Police say she committed suicide by self-inflicted asphyxiation, but her family and friends do not believe that this was the case.
The district attorney for Waller County, where Bland was arrested, agrees with the family. The D.A. told a station in Houston: “I will admit it is strange someone who had everything going for her would have taken her own life.”
In Alabama, there is a case of 18 year old Kindra Chapman. She was arrested for allegedly stealing a cell phone. The jailers reportedly seen her alive at 6:30pm and was later found dead at 7:50pm the same night. So, within an hour and twenty minutes, the young woman felt so helpless and distraught by her circumstance, that she would end her own life? Seems unlikely.
In both instances, the women were found dead shortly after being arrested for petty crimes. There were no trials, nor were there any convictions. So it certainly begs the question if their deaths were truly suicide, or if their deaths were made to look like suicide.
As of right now, the deaths of these women are being investigated with the hopes that they can prove to the families and the public that no foul play was involved. You have to admit, even if there was no foul play, the circumstances that lead to their deaths seem a bit too coincidental.