Jail death is ‘tragic’ but no evidence of wrongdoing, activists say

Symone Marshall
Symone Marshall and baby daughter

source: Houston Chronicle
published: 20 May 2016

Houston activists do not believe the in-custody jail death of a woman this month in Walker County was caused by official wrongdoing and do not think the incident can be compared to last year’s Sandra Bland case.

Symone Marshall, 22, died May 10 while she was an inmate at the Walker County jail in Huntsville. She had been there for two weeks following an April 26 arrest in the aftermath of a car accident where authorities said they found drugs.

Questions had been raised this week in national news reports and on social media about the circumstances of Marshall’s death. An online fundraiser to cover funeral expenses for the single mother of a young daughter has exceeded its goal.

Local and regional media outlets had been criticized for not covering the in-custody death in Huntsville, which is about 70 miles north of Houston, at a time when jail deaths are receiving tougher scrutiny and reporting in recent months.

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