A woman was pronounced dead in police custody at Houston’s Southeast Jail on Sunday, just eight days after a man showing signs of mental distress died after being restrained by officers at a convenience store.
- Woman, 29, died behind bars after arrest for being drunk in public
- A man with signs of mental distress died after officers restrained him
- Sandra Bland was found hanging in her cell at Waller County Jail in the Greater Houston metro area on July 13 after three days in jail
- Autopsy concludes suicide but Bland’s family say she would never have killed herself
Two people have died in Houston Police custody in just eight days amid the controversy surrounding the death of Sandra Bland in jail just outside the city.
Police confirmed a 29-year-old woman died while in the custody of Houston Police Department on Sunday.
The death comes just eight days after a man who was ‘showing signs of mental distress’ also died in custody in the Texas city.
Both come amid controversy over the suicide of Sandra Bland, found hanging in her cell at Waller County Jail, just outside Houston, on July 13.
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‘Cut wrists’: According to local prosecutors, Sandra Bland’s wrists were covered in cuts which predated her arrest and death, which officials have said was suicide, by several weeks. Bland is pictured left in a Facebook photo and, right, in her police mug shot
Shante Needham (third right, seated) and Sharon Cooper (fourth right, standing), sisters of Sandra Bland, and Bland’s mother Geneva Reed-Veal (centre) at Bland’s funeral in the Chicago suburb of Willow Springs, Illinois, on July 25
Cell: Bland was found dead in this cell inside the Waller County Jail in Texas on July 13
Police say the 29-year-old woman, who has not yet been named, was arrested for public intoxication, reports ABC News.
She was checked at the scene by paramedics and taken to Southeast Jail but was ‘unresponsive’ on arrival, before she could even be booked in.
Paramedics administered CPR and took her to Ben Taub General Hospital but she was later pronounced dead.
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