By Jenny Bourne
The family and friends of Sandra Bland have questions. They want to know how on earth this young and healthy black woman, who was pulled over by police for a minor traffic violation in Texas on July 10th, ended up dead in a Waller County cell from asphyxiation three days later.
The officials imply she took her own life by hanging. Her supporters say that’s not credible.There has been an outcry in the US over this suspicious death in custody - just one of the many recent deaths of African Americans in custody or on the streets at the hands of trigger-happy local police officers. According to a survey by the Guardian, 664 people have died in policecustody in the US this year, of which 174 have been black. They are four times more likely than whites to be custody death victims.
These recent US deaths and the subsequent community protests have made the headlines in the UK, too. This is somewhat ironic since the stories of black people who die in custody here rarely make theRead More »from Where is the outrage over Britain's Sandra Blands?