Family Of Kimberlee Randle King Demands Answers
Kimberlee Randle King of Missouri died in September of 2014 after police say she committed suicide by hanging herself with a t-shirt. In the wake of Sandra Bland’s death however, her family is continuing to press for answers on what happened to the 21-year-old.
Last September, Pagedale police arrested 21-year-old Kimberlee Randle-King for getting in a street fight. Noting several “failure to appear” warrants for her arrest, the officers put her in jail.
Within minutes, she was dead in her cell.
The cops called it a suicide. But in the post-Ferguson climate, not everyone believed them. Many family members and protestors gathered in Pagedale a few days after the death.
Kimberlee Randle-King — a single mother of two living in her own apartment in Maplewood — was a confident and bubbly person with no history of mental illness or suicidal thoughts, according to her mother, Gladys King.
“She was not at all depressed,” King tells RFT. She was a “glamour girl” who liked her housecleaning job at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Clayton because it allowed her to buy new clothes. “She thought she was Beyoncé!”
On the afternoon of September 19, 2014, Randle-King finished her shift there and drove up to Pagedale to pick up her kids, ages three and twelve four, at her grandmother’s house. Instead, she got into a brawl.
Corporal Valiant and another officer rounded up two of the brawlers: Randle-King and Cathryn Waters, 26. Randle-King said the latter had threatened her earlier on Facebook, then jumped her when they crossed paths that day.
The cops arrested both women on charges of third-degree assault.
At the Pagedale police station, Waters went free with a citation because she had no outstanding warrants. Randle-King, however, had seven “failure to appear” warrants and nine fugitive warrants issued by St. Louis County, University City, Bellfontaine Neighbors, Clayton and Maryland Heights, mostly for traffic and vehicle violations.
In the booking room, she asked officer Stephen Hall to undo her handcuffs. He agreed, observing that she’d become “notably calm.” Randle-King signed her booking documents, denying any medical problems.
Yet when officer Hall explained to her the bond amount on her warrants, the police report says,
Kimberlee became “hysterical” and claimed she would lose her “job, house and babies.” Kimberlee then said, “I’m gonna die if I go back there.”
Police Officer Hall… did not believe her statement to be suicidal in nature.”
According to the report, the Pagedale police station is outfitted with 13 interior cameras. Investigators later watched the video recordings and came up with the following timeline.
At 5:07 p.m., the officers locked the door to Randle-King’s cell. She “immediately threw herself to the floor and rolled onto her sides. She repeatedly flailed her arms and legs and appeared to scream and/or cry.”
Two minutes later, alone in her cell, she pulled off her red t-shirt. She laced it through the center hole in the top bunk’s bed frame. She wrapped it around her neck, tightened it, then lowered herself into a “contorted position… suspended by the t-shirt around her neck.
By 5:17 — just ten minutes after they locked her in the cell — “all movement in Kimberlee’s body appeared to have stopped.”
It apparently wasn’t until 5:33 — or about 34 minutes after they locked her in the cell — that a police clerk and Valiant used the monitor to check on her. That’s when Valiant sprung into action. He hurried into the cell, bear-hug lifted her, freed her from the noose, laid her on the bottom bunk and started giving her CPR.
Cabot Hemp, an inmate across the hallway, said he looked out of his window and saw Valiant “desperately” trying to save the woman, “like it was [his] own daughter.”
Do YOU think her family has a right to be suspicious especially now that we know about Sandra Bland…..
and Kindra Chapman???