published: 29 July 2015
Officials found 44-year-old Raynetta Turner dead in a Mt. Vernon jail cell in New York State Monday morning, making her the fifth black woman to die in jail—that we know of—this month.
ABC news affiliate Channel 7 reports that Turner was arrested on a shoplifting charge Saturday and taken to a local hospital after notifying officials of various health issues. She was returned to her cell Sunday and fingerprinted at 2am Monday. She was found unresponsive in her cell at 2pm that day. Turner’s death is under investigation.
“All I know is my wife is dead and no one is saying anything,” said Herman Turner, Raynetta’s husband.
Four other black women have been found dead in jail cells across America this month. Sandra Bland, 28, was found unresponsive in a Texas jail on July 13 after being brutally arrested for a traffic violation days earlier.
Kindra Chapman, 18, committed suicide in an Alabama jail a day later, following her arrest for allegedly stealing a cell phone. Joyce Curnell, 50, was found dead July 23 at the Charleston County Correctional Facility.