Texas Mother Dies In Police Custody 2 Weeks After Car Accident
Another black woman has died in a Texas jail, despite pleas from her family asking that law enforcement take her for proper medical treatment.
Honey Marshall set up a GoFundMe account on behalf of her 22-year-old sister Symone, who passed away last week leaving her 3-year-old daughter without a mother:
On April 26th, 2016, Symone Marshall was ran off the highway by a road rage filled man causing her vehicle to flip over three times and end up in a ditch. When police came to the scene, instead of being taken to a hospital, Symone was held in police custody for two weeks with NO medical attention for not possessing a valid drivers license. Police refused to take her to a hospital to be evaluated by professional doctors, (even with her sister, Honey Marshall calling and requesting for them to do so) which resulted in her dying in jail two weeks later on May 10th, 2016 from a blood clot in her lung. Symone was a loving sister, friend and mother. She didn’t deserve to be held in jail like a criminal and lose her life. This act of careless negligence on behalf of this Texas Jail cost Symone her life at only 22 years old. She leaves behind a precious 3 year old daughter that loved her mommy more than anything in this world and Symone loved her the same. We are seeking 3 things to help us: media attention on this issue, justice for the two weeks of gross negligence that resulted in her death, and donations toward giving Symone a beautiful funeral. We appreciate the love and support. #BlackLivesMatter
This campaign was started by Symones sisters, Toni Pruitt & Honey Marshall
Really sad stuff right? We just don’t understand how the police allowed this to happen. According to an interview with NY Daily News reporter Shaun King Marshall was experiencing headaches and blackouts — signs she should have received serious medical attention.
“My sister Symone moved to Texas for a fresh start in life a few months ago. She was doing good down there, had a job and was about to buy a house. She’s a beautiful person, never been in trouble before and didn’t deserve this,” said Honey Marshall.
“When I talked to her from jail, she complained that her head was hurting and she kept blacking out,” said her sister.
“I called the jail several times and requested for them to take her to a real hospital and they wouldn’t do so. If they would have this, her death could have been prevented and my sister would still be here. My heart hurts so bad. She was my best friend. I am so angry that they did this to her.”
What makes matters worse is that police and jail officials aren’t talking. They declined to comment or release information about the accident to the Daily News and Marshall’s family. The public should be outraged and demanding answers!
You can donate to Symone’s GoFundMe HERE and make sure to spread the word about this case.
Photos Courtesy Marshall Family