While the NYPD is still trying to figure out which way to face NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in the wake of the NYC Mayor’s support for the Eric Garner protests, a strikingly similar incident involving the needless death of a black female at the hands of police has come to light.
Meet Sheneque Proctor, an 18 year-old female African-American, who sadly died in a Bessemer City, Alabama jail cell after police refused to assist her during a series of asthma attacks. Consequently, a petition was created in response to her death, which alas hasn’t gotten much support. Being dubbed the “Female Eric Garner,” the petition is calling for both a federal and state investigation into Sheneque’s death.
Sheneque is now being called the “Female Eric Garner,” but why?
Sheneque was arrested back in November at a Bessemer hotel following a raucous party with friends.
According to Sheneque’s aunt, Sheneque was arrested on grounds of “disorderly conduct.” The tragic part happened the very next morning when Sheneque was found dead in her jail cell. It seems she complained multiple times about problems with asthma, but police refused to take her complaints seriously.
According to Bessemer City Attorney Shan Paden:
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.(CounterCurrentNews)
The Change.org petition explains the nature of Proctor’s death and links it to the recent surge of similar tragic incidents:
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
Proctor’s family mentioned that Sheneque had a history of asthma and that she had complained of being mistreated by the arresting officers. Despite her plea for assistance, Sheneque was found dead in her jail cell the next morning. Bessemer authorities, however, absolutely refuse to comment on the case. In fact, all media inquires are going to the State Bureau of Investigations, which spokeswoman Robyn Bryan says “is looking into the case.”
Proctor’s mother, Scherita, told reporters:
We don’t know what happened. (CounterCurrentNews)
The Proctor family is now urging people to sign the petition in order to pressure authorities into doing a thorough and legitimate investigation.