Black women are dying in jail at an alarming rate all across the country without any extra attention to detail being put into place.
Ralkina Jones, 37, was arrested on July 24 during a domestic violence squabble with her husband and held on charges of assault, domestic violence and child endangerment. At the time of booking, Jones told her jailers that she was on various medications and she “didn’t wanna die in their cell.” Two days later, she was found dead in said cell.
“I don’t want to die in your cell.”
Ralkina Jones spoke those words to Cleveland Heights police officers about 15 hours before she was found dead in the bed of her jail cell.
Jones’ family is still awaiting the results of an investigation into her July 26 death. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to release her cause of death, but said an autopsy found no suspicious injuries.
Jones was taken to a doctor a few hours after the recorded conversation. A jail employee found her appearing “lethargic” the evening of July 25. She was evaluated and released within a few hours.
Police say they checked on Jones periodically throughout the night.
The next morning at 7:30 a.m., the jail administrator found Jones unresponsive in the bed of her cell. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jones’ family said she was in good health when they visited her in jail the day before she died. They initially expressed frustration toward police, who they said were releasing few details about Jones’ death.
Watch the chilling Ralkina Jones’ video below, courtesy of NYDailyNews.
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