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Two dead in Houston police custody after Sandra Bland’s death | Daily Mail Online

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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. She is pictured here in a Facebook photo

Marijuana: Officials say they found marijuana inside Bland's system, which could have been there since before her arrest. She is pictured here in her police mug shot

‘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

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

Cell: Bland was found dead in this cell inside the Waller County Jail in Texas on July 13

Sandra Bland’s autopsy concludes death by hanging

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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Black teen who was brutalized by white cops on video is rearrested

Houston Police Teen Beating

Chad Holley, 18, right, is transported after being arrested as a suspect in a burglary. Legal experts say the new arrest of Holley, who was allegedly beaten by several Houston police officers during an incident caught on video, could pose problems for prosecutors who are still trying to get convictions in the case.

An 18-year-old who testified in the first trial of several former Houston police officers accused of beating him during a 2010 burglary arrest has been arrested again — on suspicion of burglary.

Less than two months after Chad Holley finished probation in connection with his 2010 arrest and conviction, he was arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of burglarizing a home.

Holley’s lawyer could not be reached for comment Monday.

A spokeswoman for Harris County Dist. Atty. Patricia Lykos declined to comment on how Holley’s new arrest might affect how prosecutors proceed, citing the pending trials.

Last month, a jury acquitted Andrew Blomberg, the first ex-Houston police officer to stand trial on a misdemeanor charge of official oppression in connection with Holley’s initial arrest.

Blomberg’s attorneys had argued that he was trying to secure a potentially armed suspect. Holley, who was 15 at the time of his arrest, testified that he hadn’t been resisting the officers. Black community leaders dismissed the verdict by an all-white jury as unjust and racist.

In video footage of the incident taken from a security camera, Holley could be seen falling to the ground, surrounded by at least five officers, some of whom appeared to be kicking and hitting his head, stomach and legs.

Four officers, including Blomberg, were later fired and indicted on misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident.

Holley, who appeared in court Friday in connection with his latest arrest, has been released on bond.

Attorney Benjamin Hall — who is representing Holley and his family in a federal lawsuit against Blomberg, the other fired officers and the city — told the Associated Press that the new arrest should not be part of the pending trials.

“I’m sure the judge will instruct [jurors] accordingly that the only conduct that is to be viewed is the criminal conduct these police officers did two years ago,” Hall said.

But attorneys for two of the fired officers yet to be tried told the AP they will try to get Holley’s new arrest records admitted into evidence.

“It helps in regard that we’ve been trying to portray him as a person that is not a law-abiding citizen, and he’s simply a dangerous person and continues to act in the same manner,” said Carson Joachim, an attorney for ex-officer Drew Ryser, told the AP.

Those trials have yet to be scheduled.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-texas-holley-20120618,0,6782522.story 

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racist responses to Rodney King’s death

Victim of Racism, Rodney King was found dead in his own swimming pool on Sunday, June 17th 2012. Many White people took the opportunity to tweet their Racist commentary. Note how some of the Racists made an effort to simultaneously degrade Whitney Houston – who died earlier this year. The internet provides White people with an opportunity to flout their White Supremacist views with impunity. There was a similar outburst towards NHL player Joel Ward – happened twice this year. Death or no, Racist view the practice of abusing non-white people as an anytime indulgence.