#IfIDieInPoliceCustody – Twitter Responds To Sandra Bland Jail Cell Death


On July 13th 28-year-old Chicago #BlackLivesMatter activist Sandra Bland was found dead in her Waller Country, Texas, jail cell, just three days after her arrest during a traffic stop for allegedly assaulting a public servant.

USA Today reports that “As the story continues to unfold — the arresting officer was just found to have violated his department’s procedures — a shadow of doubt has been cast and some have begun to raise questions.”

The neighboring Harris County medical examiner ruled her death a suicide by hanging, but family and friends say there is no way Bland would have killed herself, and the family has ordered an independent autopsy.

Already suspicious after a string of recent deaths of unarmed civilians by the police, “social media users are imagining themselves in her place and sharing directives for what to do ‘if I die in police custody,'” denoted by the hashtag #IfIDieInPoliceCustody.

Blavity offered a grim overview of the situation, tweeting:

Many of the posts called on family and friends to question the circumstances of their death:

Others express concerns about their portrayal in the media:


CNN reports that “The hashtag made the jump into real life Saturday as activists interrupted a Netroots Nation town hall featuring presidential candidates Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders” adding that the video below “shows members of activist group Black Lives Matter chanting, ‘if I die in police custody … make sure that I’m remembered.'”

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below – what you would want friends and family to say and do if you were to die in police custody.

h/t Lady Grey

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