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ANOTHER WEEK AND ANOTHER UNNECESSARY AND EXTREMELY TRAGIC DEATH OF AN AFRICANAMERICAN WOMAN IN POLICE CUSTODY. TODAY’S INCIDENT OCCURRED IN LATE JULY IN CLEVELAND. HER NAME IS RALKINA JONES. WE WILL SHOW YOU A VIDEO THAT WAS TAKEN IN THE POLICE STATION THE NIGHT BEFORE HER DEATH. WHEN WE COME BACK WE WILL EXPLAIN SOME OF WHAT YOU ARE HEARING IN THIS VIDEO AND WHAT HAPPENED MORE THAN A FEW HOURS AFTER THE VIDEO WAS SHOT. I AM NOT ASKING ANY EXCEPTIONS TO RULES, BUT I WILL TELL YOU THAT I DO NOT WANT TO DIE IN YOUR CELL.

ARE YOU TAKING MEDICATION I HAVE A BRAIN INJURY. THEN BE HONEST WITH ME THE ENTIRE TIME INSTEAD OF A DIFFERENT SHIFT COME ON AND SOME OF THEM BEING MEAN TO ME. DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I’M SAYING I SYMPATHIZE WITH YOU. I WILL ADDRESS THEM ABOUT IT. THAT’S DISRESPECTFUL. I NEARLY HAD AN ANXIETY ATTACK. I HAVE A SYNDROME. WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN I GO FROM A SITTING OR STANDING POSITION, I FAINT. I HAVE TRIED TO EAT, BUT THAT IS JUST ONE SIDE OF IT. THE OTHER SIDE IS THE CONCUSSIONS TO MY BRAIN.

I TAKE THAT TO TRY TO PREVENT MIGRAINES BECAUSE ONCE I GET MIGRAINES I CAN’T SEE. SO THIS IS FOR YOUR PAIN ALL OF IT IS ACTUALLY. THIS WILL BE UP TO THE NEXT LIEUTENANT. THERE IS A FEMALE CELL AVAILABLE, IT HAS A PHONE THAT YOU CAN CALL COLLECT ON. MY ONLY CONCERN IS WITH YOUR HEALTH ISSUES, IT’S GOING TO BE EASIER TO KEEP AN EYE ON YOU HERE. IT’S HARDER FOR YOU TO DISAPPEAR. SO, IN THAT VIDEO THE OFFICER SEEMED RESPECTFUL. THEY ARE HAVING A CALM CONVERSATION ABOUT WHETHER.

ANOTHER Woman Dies In Police Custody

TO GIVE HER THE DRUGS ARE NOT. HERE IS THE PROBLEM, THEY DIDN’T, AND SHE DIED. SO, THAT’S WHY THE WOMAN HAS CALLED BLACK LIVES MATTER. PEOPLE GET UPSET IF YOU SAY ALL LIVES MATTER, AND THERE’S A WHOLE DEBATE ABOUT ALL THIS TOO. IN THIS CONTEXT, THAT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHAT IS HAPPENING IS, POLICE AND OTHERS DEAL WITH THIS OTHER STUFF ALL THE TIME, AND SOMETIMES THEY TAKE IT SERIOUSLY AND SOMETIMES THEY DON’T. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT A LOT OF TIMES THEY DON’T TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY IF IT’S COMING FROM A CERTAIN RACE.

IN SOME PARTS OF THIS COUNTRY THAT IS TRUE. EVEN WHEN THINGS SHIFT THAT ARE TRUE OR UNTRUE, BECAUSE SHE IS SAYING YOU GUYS ARE BEING RESPECTFUL, BUT THE OTHER SHIFT IS DISMISSING ME. AND SHE HAS HAD ISSUES WITH THE OTHER SHIFT IN THE PAST BASED ON WHAT SHE IS SAYING THERE. BUT THE PART WHERE IT AFFECTS ALL OF US, IS THAT ONCE YOU GO TO PRISON THEY DON’T VIEW YOU AS FULLY HUMAN ANYMORE. HER SISTER LATER TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT SHE WAS A HUMAN. IF YOU ARE THE OFFICERS, WHETHER IT’S AN INITIAL ARREST OR.

YOU ARE HOLDING SOMEONE IN CUSTODY, YOU CAN’T MAKE LIFE OR DEATH DECISIONS ON A WHIM. I’M SURE PEOPLE COMPLAIN ALL THE TIME, BUT THAT IS NOT A CHOICE YOU HAVE. PEOPLE DO DIE. SHE WAS ONE OF FIVE WOMEN OF COLOR WHO DIED IN POLICE CUSTODY IN JUST THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF JULY. ISN’T THAT AMAZING THAT WAS, LIKE, WHILE IN CUSTODY RIGHT, NOT WHILE BEING ARRESTED I AM NOT SAYING THAT THE WOMAN GOT KILLED BECAUSE OF GROSS NEGLIGENCE, BUT WHAT I AM SAYING IS THE MINUTE YOU.

STEP IN THAT CELL, NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, BUT THERE IS A GOOD POINT TO MAKE EVEN MORE SO IF YOU ARE A PERSON OF COLOR, THAT THEY STOP TREATING YOU AS FULLY HUMAN. THAT IS WHAT IS LEADING TO ALL THESE PEOPLE DYING INSIDE OF PRISON. WITH THE OFFICERS THAT WERE ON THE VIDEO, WE DON’T KNOW. SHE IS SAYING THAT THEY ARE BEING POLITE AND HELPFUL. THE COP IS CONSIDERING THE CONSEQUENCES OF GOING FROM ONE CELL TO ANOTHER. BUT ONCE THEY SWITCH THE SHIFTS, THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH.

OF THAT INFORMATION WAS PASSED ON TO THE NEXT SHIFT, IF IT WAS PASSED ON IN A WAY THAT WAS CLEAR. AND IN SOME OF THESE CASES, AND IN A LOT OF CASES IT’S EARLY ON SO WE DON’T KNOW A LOT OF DETAILS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED BUT IN THIS CASE WE DO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. I’M GOING TO JUMP AHEAD TO GRAPHIC 12 HERE. WE SEE IN THE HOURS AFTER THE VIDEO WAS TAKEN, JONES WAS ASSESSED BY A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL BECAUSE SHE SEEMED LETHARGIC. SHE WAS DISCHARGED AND RETURNED TO HER CELL AT 1040 PM ON JULY.

25. ON THE MORNING OF JULY 26, GUARDS FOUND HER DEAD IN HER BUNK. SO SHE TOLD THEM SHE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT DYING IN HER CELL, SHE WAS MEDICALLY ASSESSED LATER FOR NOT SEEMING RIGHT, AND STILL SHE WAS DEAD BY THE NEXT DAY. WHEN YOU WATCH THE VIDEO, DID SHE SEEM LIKE A PERSON WHO WAS ON THE BRINK OF DEATH THAT WOULD’VE DIED NO MATTER WHAT SHE SEEMED LIKE A LUCID PERSON WHO UNDERSTOOD HER MEDICAL CONCERNS AND MEDICATIONS THAT WOULD’VE TREATED HER, BUT WHEN SHE WAS PUT IN THE CELL SHE NO LONGER HAS TOTAL FREEDOM.

AS A HUMAN TO TAKE CARE OF HER MEDICAL NEEDS, SHE TOLD SOME ADULTS THAT DID NOT SEE IT AS IMPORTANT AS SHE DOES. LET’S BREAK IT DOWN IN A NUMBER OF WAYS. FIRST OF ALL, THE CONCERN FOR GIVING HER THE DRUGS IS, WHAT IF SHE IS SMUGGLING IN DRUGS TO WHICH I SAY, WHOOPTY FREAKING DO. I KNOW THAT’S A CONCERN FOR THEM, BUT LET’S WAY THE TWO SCENARIOS HERE. ONE IS, SHE IS NOT LYING ABOUT HER SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT AFFECT BOTH HER BRAIN AND HER HEART, AND.

SHE MIGHT DIE IN YOUR JAIL CELL. SHE SAID LITERALLY I MIGHT DIE IN YOUR JAIL CELL. OR SHE IN A WORSTCASE SCENARIO SHE IS LYING ABOUT THE WHOLE THING AND THE DRUGS ARE ACTUALLY NOT WHAT THEY SAY THEY ARE AND SHE’S GOING TO GET HIGH. SO THE DOWNSIDE OF HER GETTING A LITTLE HIGH IS NOT THAT BAD. THE DOWNSIDE OF HER DYING IN THE CELL IS REALLY BAD. SO THEIR PRIORITIES ARE ALL WRONG. IT’S A POLICE STATE, AND IN A POLICE STATE YOU CAN’T HAVE PEOPLE BREAK THE RULES.

YEAH. LAST FRIDAY WE TALKED ABOUT THE KID ZACHARY WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY POLICE BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THAT HE HAD MARIJUANA. AND HE DIDN’T. AGAIN, THE UPSIDE, THE DOWNSIDE, SOMEBODY SMOKES MARIJUANA, OH NO, OH DEAR GOD, NO, DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN. ON THE OTHER HAND YOU CONTINUE WITH THE WAR ON DRUGS AND SOMETIMES YOU GUN DOWN TEENAGERS BECAUSE OF DRUGS. THAT SEEMS WORSE. I DON’T CARE IF PEOPLE GET HIGH THAT DAY AROUND THE COUNTRY. SHOOTING AND KILLING THE TEENAGER, THAT IS WORSE TO ME. AND THE PERVERSE LOGIC IS WE HAVE THE WAR ON DRUGS SO WE.

CAN PROTECT OUR TEENAGERS HEALTH. WELL, YOU CAN’T PROTECT THEM VERY WELL WHEN YOU SHOOT THEM TO DEATH. SO NOW BACK TO JONES, YOU TELL ME AGAIN, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE ON THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM, DO YOU THINK THOSE COPS WOULD GIVE THE DRUGS TO THE WOMAN IF IT’S THEIR WIFE THEIR WIFE COMES TO THEM AND SAYS I HAVE A CONCUSSION AND HEART ISSUE, AND I MIGHT DIE TONIGHT. DO THINK THEY GIVE HER THE DRUGS YOU KNOW THEY DO. OR IF SHE WAS RICH AND WELL CONNECTED IN THE COMMUNITY.

ALL THOSE PEOPLE GET THE DRUGS. AND YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU ARE POOR, YOU ARE POWERLESS, AND DON’T GET THE DRUGS AND YOU HAVE SOME CHANCE OF DYING. AND IF YOU ADD ON TOP OF THAT THE ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT RACE THAT UNFORTUNATELY PERVADE OUR SOCIETY, THEN YOU ARE EVEN LESS LIKELY TO GET THE DRUGS. THAT IS WHY THEY CALL IT BLACK LIVES MATTER. BECAUSE SO OFTEN THEY THINK WELL, IT’S NOT MY WIFE, IT’S NOT THE JUDGE’S WIFE, WHAT IF SHE BREAKS MY RULES AND I GET IN TROUBLE HER LIFE DOESN’T MATTER TO ME THAT MUCH.

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