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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
31 Black Women Who Died In Police Custody
1. Kathryn Johnston, 92Source:Getty 1 of 26
2. Tarika Wilson, 26Source:Getty 2 of 26
3. Shereese Francis, 30Source:Getty 3 of 26
4. Shantel Davis, 23Source:Getty 4 of 26
5. Alesia Thomas, 35Source:Getty 5 of 26
6. Malissa Williams, 30Source:Getty 6 of 26
7. Darnesha Harris, 17Source:Getty 7 of 26
8. Shelly Frey, 27Source:Getty 8 of 26
9. Miriam Carey, 34Source:Getty 9 of 26
10. Yvette Smith, 47Source:Getty 10 of 26
11. Michelle Cusseaux, 50Source:Getty 11 of 26
12. Aura Rosser, 40Source:Getty 12 of 26
13. Tanisha Anderson, 37Source:Getty 13 of 26
14. Eleanor Bumpurs, 66Source:Getty 14 of 26
15. Natasha McKenna, 37Source:Getty 15 of 26
16. Janisha Fonville, 20Source:Getty 16 of 26
17. Meagan Hockaday, 26Source:Getty 17 of 26
18. Alexia Christian, 25Source:Getty 18 of 26
19. Sandra Bland, 28Source:Getty 19 of 26
20. Gynnya McMillen, 16Source:Getty 20 of 26
21. Symone Marshall, 22Source:Getty 21 of 26
22. Korryn Gaines, 23Source:Getty 22 of 26
23. Deborah Danner, 66Source:Getty 23 of 26
24. Alteria Woods, 21Source:Getty 24 of 26
25. Charleena Lyles, 30Source:Getty 25 of 26
26. Cariann Denise Hithon, 22Source:Getty 26 of 26