The ‘Female Eric Garner’ Who Suffocated To Death In Police Custody
A new petition is circulating in response to death of an African American citizens at the hands of police officers who many are calling the “female Eric Garner.” The petition demands is demanding a federal and state investigation into the death of 18-year-old Sheneque Proctor.
Proctor was kill in the Bessemer City Jail after she was arrested on November 1st. She was at a Bessemer hotel at a part with friends when police arrived and arrested her for “disorderly conduct,” according to her aunt, Tracy Rodda.
Early the next morning, Proctor was found dead in her jail cell, after having complained of problems with asthma which police apparently refused to take seriously.
Bessemer City Attorney Shan Paden commented, “I know the case. I know we had a death in the jail. Erring on a conservative side, not to protect the city but to protect the rights of an 18-year-old, the city of Bessemer will not disclose any information.”
The petition was created on Change.org last Monday, but has received relatively little attention. The petition explains the following about Sheneque Proctor’s death and links it to unrest throughout the nation.
“The death of Black Men like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice is a clear indication that Black Lives are in jeopardy from Police who have declared it open season on Black Men,” Karen Jones of Montgomery Alabama writes, in her description of the petition.
“Insult over injury no indictment and a video which clearly shows officers using a choke hold on Eric Garner who loudly and clearly stated that he could NOT breathe was not enough to save his life.
“Yet in Alabama where most of the historical landmark Civil Right Movements and cases we have lost an 18 year old Black young woman under the hands of Bessemer Police,” the petition continues.
Proctor’s family says that she suffered from asthma, and had complained of being treated violently by Bessemer Police officers who made the arrest.
After making her complaints, she was found dead in her jail cell the next morning. But Bessemer authorities have refused to so much as comment on the case. All media inquires have been referred to the State Bureau of Investigations, which spokeswoman Robyn Bryan says “is looking into the case.”
“This family deserves some answers,” the petition declares. “We don’t need another ‘I can’t breathe’ story. Her life mattered and still matters to her family. They deserve answers from the State Bureau of Investigations and the FBI.”
The petition demands that State Senator Quinton Ross, State Representative Alvin Holmes and U.S. Representative Terri Sewell “request both State and Federal investigations in the death of this 18 year old Black female.”
“We don’t know what happened,” Proctor’s mother, Scherita, told reporters. Her family is encouraging people to sign the petition and help put the pressure on for a real, and thorough investigation.
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Request Federal and State Investigation of the “mysterious” death of 18yo Sheneque Proctor found in Bessemer,AL jail.
The death of Black Men like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice is a clear indication that Black Lives are in jeopardy from Police who have declared it open season on Black Men. Insult over injury no indictment and a video which clearly shows officers using a choke hold on Eric Garner who loudly and clearly stated that he could NOT breathe was not enough to save his life. Yet in Alabama where most of the historical landmark Civil Right Movements and cases we have lost an 18 year old Black young woman under the hands of Bessemer Police.
According to several reports on national media websites, Shenequa was arrested, her aunt Tracy Rodda indicated that her niece was complaining about her asthma and that she was being handled roughly by officers. According to Naturally Moi.com “The next morning, the teen was found dead in her cell. A month later, the cause of Proctor’s death has still not been revealed to her family.“We don’t know what happened,” Proctor’s mother, Scherita, told Weld.
“I’ve heard lots of things. I don’t want to speculate. We’re waiting on a death certificate.”(Whaley,2014). This family deserves some answers we don’t need another “I can’t breathe” story. Her life mattered and still matters to her family. They deserve answers from the State Bureau of Investigations and the FBI. As Blacks we deserve answers because we know Alabama lawmakers have Open Carry Laws and it seems as if we are getting into the Open Season on Blacks. We are requesting that you, Cong. Sewell, Rep. Holmes, Rep. Knight, and Sen. Ross request both State and Federal investigations in the death of this 18 year old Black female.
What happened to Sheneque Proctor?
A TEENAGER’S DEATH IN BESSEMER POLICE CUSTODY RAISES QUESTIONS OFFICIALS ARE NOT YET ANSWERING.
The death of an 18-year-old Brighton woman has sparked a controversy over how she died and who was responsible, and has drawn the attention of the NAACP.
County and city authorities aren’t talking, but the State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the Nov. 2 death of Sheneque Proctor in the Bessemer City Jail, according to SBI spokeswoman Robyn Bryan.
Ms. Proctor was at a Bessemer hotel with friends when she was arrested on Saturday night, Nov. 1. Her aunt, Tracy Rodda, said that officers told Proctor she was being charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Early the next morning, she was found dead in her cell, according to Rodda, who said her niece had complained of problems with asthma.
Bessemer officers declined to give details when a reporter representing Weld asked them how Sheneque Proctor died and what she was charged with. The reporter asked to see a copy of the arrest report but was denied.
Bessemer City Attorney Shan Paden said, “I know the case. I know we had a death in the jail. Erring on a conservative side, not to protect the city but to protect the rights of an 18-year-old, the city of Bessemer will not disclose any information.”
Proctor’s mother, Scherita Proctor, reached at her home, said, “We don’t know what happened. I’ve heard lots of things. I don’t want to speculate. We’re waiting on a death certificate.”
Proctor graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in May. Her mother described her as “sweet and loving.” Sheneque leaves behind a 5-month-old son, Zamaruien Blevins.
Besides the controversy arising from the death of an 18-year-old mother, there are questions being raised about how exactly Proctor was treated. Relatives indicated that Sheneque complained of how officers had dealt with her.
“She said three officers were handling her really rough,” said Rodda. According to Rodda, Scherita Proctor called attention to witnesses who said that as many as six Bessemer officers were involved with Sheneque’s arrest.
Scherita Proctor did not make those statements to a Weld reporter, however. Subsequent calls to confirm those accounts with the mother were not answered or returned.
Ms. Rodda said that although Sheneque Proctor had called her mother, Scherita Proctor did not have the bail money. Rodda said she wishes she had gotten the call. “Maybe we could have come up with $235 [for bail],” she said.
On the morning of Saturday, Nov. 2, two detectives went to the Brighton home of Scherita Proctor and informed her of her daughter’s death, according to Ms. Rodda.
“They gave her a card with the number of the coroner’s office on it in case she wanted to go see her body,” Rodda said, “but the coroner’s office is not open on weekends, so she had to wait until Monday morning.”
Rodda said that relatives and Bernard Simelton, president of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, went to the jail to get information and Sheneque’s belongings. “No one was available to talk to us,” Rodda said. “They were all in a meeting.” A subsequent visit to city hall found the mayor was out. She said they asked for a callback but did not receive one. The family was, however, referred to the State Bureau of Investigation.
Simelton, who clarified that they were told the police and mayor were in staff meetings, is not a lawyer, but an advocate for the family.
Hank Sherrod, a Birmingham-Southern and Vanderbilt Law School graduate, is a civil rights attorney in Florence. He has filed federal lawsuits on behalf of families of three detainees who died while awaiting trial in the Madison County Jail in Huntsville. In October CNN ran a story on the deaths of those inmates, one of whom died of alcohol withdrawal, another of complications due to constipation, and the third from gangrene, according to the lawsuit and the news report.
Rodda said she had spoken to Sherrod but referred him to Scherita Proctor. Contacted by Weld at his office sometime later, Sherrod said he was not at present representing anyone in the death of Sheneque Proctor. Still, Sherrod made this prepared statement:
“It is always difficult to comment when government officials won’t provide details about a jail death. In my experience, however, when government officials are not forthcoming, it is for a reason. Young healthy people like Ms. Proctor do not die in jail unless mistakes were made. Government officials do not provide details because the details do not make them look good. Deaths like this one are almost always preventable.
“We know she had asthma, and I understand she was having breathing problems. A breathing problem is an obvious, serious medical need jailers cannot ignore. If jail personnel knew Ms. Proctor was having breathing problems, they should have called for paramedics or called the jail nurse, if the city had one,” Sherrod said.
When was the last time you remember a caucasian person dying for a disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charge? July 17th, 2014 and his name was Eric Garner. On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in Staten Island, New York, after a police officer put him in a grappling hold. Many have described it as a chokehold. Now 18 year old Ms. Sheneque Proctor is the latest to die at the hands of cops…..mysteriously.
Now ask yourself this, how many more will die in police custody before We The Black People start to correct this shit “By Any Means Necessary.”
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