By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
Since July 13, there have been five black women who have allegedly committed suicide while in police custody.
While the media has focused on the alleged suicide of Sandra Bland and the circumstances around her stop, arrest and alleged hanging, four other women have also died while in city or county jails. Many of theme for relatively minor offenses.
Ms. Chapman, 18, was booked into the Homewood, Alabama City Jail at 6:22 p.m. July 14, on a first-degree robbery charge. Sgt. Andrew Didcoct said Ms. Chapman robbed another person of a cell phone. Jailers last saw her alive at 6:30 p.m. She was found unresponsive at 7:50 p.m. Authorities said she used a bed sheet to hang herself.
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