In the wake of Symone Marshall, who died in jail last month in Walker County, Texas, NewsOne remembers other African-American women who have died in the custody of law enforcement officers in recent years.
Marshall, 22, passed away on April 26 following an arrest on charges of possession of a controlled substance and failure to produce ID. Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae says a preliminary autopsy shows that she had a heart condition.
Many, like Darnesha Harris, 16, died even before arriving at jail. Darnesha was shot and killed on Dec. 2, 2012 after officers fired two shots into the vehicle she was driving.
Others, like Yvette Smith, 47, died on February 16, 2014 in Bastrop, Texas. The Texas mother was shot twice after opening the door for Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Willis, who was responding to a 911 call about a fight between several men at a residence.
Then there’s 30-year-old unarmed Malissa Williams, who died on Nov. 29, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. Williams was a passenger in a car driven by Timothy Russell during a police chase; she was caught in a hail of bullets after the vehicle came to a stop.
That’s why it’s important to #SayHerName, which is part of a racial justice movement that campaigns against police brutality and violence against Black women in the United States.
See the gallery below for other victims. Let us know in the comments other names that should be added, or email us at email@example.com.
30 Black Women Who Died In Police Custody
1. Renee Davis, 231 of 22
2. Deborah Danner, 66Source:Instagram 2 of 22
3. Gynnya McMillen3 of 22
4. Ralkina JonesSource:Instagram 4 of 22
5. Joyce CurnellSource:Instagram 5 of 22
6. Kindra Chapman6 of 22
7. Sandra BlandSource:Instagram 7 of 22
8. Miriam CareySource:Getty 8 of 22
9. Shereese FrancisSource:Instagram 9 of 22
10. Rekia BoydSource:Instagram 10 of 22
11. Shantel DavisSource:Instagram 11 of 22
12. Alesia ThomasSource:Instagram 12 of 22
13. Darnesha Harris13 of 22
14. Tanisha AndersonSource:Instagram 14 of 22
15. Yvette SmithSource:Instagram 15 of 22
16. Tarika WilsonSource:Instagram 16 of 22
17. Kathryn JohnstonSource:Instagram 17 of 22
18. Kendra JamesSource:Instagram 18 of 22
19. Kyam LivingstonSource:Instagram 19 of 22
20. Eleanor BumpursSource:Instagram 20 of 22
21. Barbara DawsonSource:Instagram 21 of 22
22. Jessica WilliamsSource:Instagram 22 of 22