Authorities in Alabama claim a teen committed suicide in a jail cell an hour after being arrested, another suspicious case of a Black woman dying in police custody in the past week.
Kindra Darnell Chapman, 18, was jailed last Tuesday for allegedly stealing someone’s phone on the street, according to the Huffington Post. Chapman was charged with first-degree robbery and was last seen alive at 6:30 p.m. When officers went to check on Chapman an hour later, she was found unresponsive.
Chapman was pronounced dead at Brookwood Medical Center from apparent asphyxiation. In a sad connection of events, she passed a day after another woman named Sandra Bland was found dead in a separate jail in Texas. The 28-year-old was arrested after a traffic charge. Many have questioned the series of events in both cases, since the families claim the Black women didn’t show any signs of recent strife.
Bland’s past battles with PTSD and clinical depression were brought to light when videos from her Facebook page resurfaced. However, the woman, who was seen speaking positively about overcoming her problems, was on track to start a new job and new life when she was found dead by police in her cell.
Last week, the FBI announced they would join the Texas Rangers in the investigation into her death.