A 22-year-old mother died in police custody and her family is seeking answers.
Symone Nicole Marshall was run off a Texas highway in a road rage incident last month. Marshall’s car flipped and landed in a ditch. She sustained multiple injuries as a result of the crash, according to Uproxx.
Marshall’s sister, Honey, told reporters that when authorities arrived on the scene of the crash, they arrested Marshall for not having a valid driver’s license instead of taking her to a hospital for proper treatment.
“When I talked to her from jail, she complained that her head was hurting and she kept blacking out,” Honey said. “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 done 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.”
Marshall sat in Walker County Jail in Huntsville, Texas for two weeks without ever being taken to a hospital.
She eventually died from a blood clot in her lung. Her family said they haven’t received any answers from police or jail officials regarding why her health was ignored despite complaints of pain and requests for treatment.
A GoFundMe page for Marshall’s funeral expenses explains perfectly why her family is seeking justice: “This act of careless negligence on behalf of this Texas Jail cost Symone her life at only 22 years old.” The page also notes that Marshall’s three-year-old daughter is left motherless.
This is certainly not the first time jail officials’ negligence resulted in someone’s untimely death. United States law enforcement has plenty of blood on their hands and the list keeps on growing.
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