Questions continue to surround the death of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old woman who was found hanging by a trash bag in her jail cell three days after she was pulled over for a traffic violation. Authorities are calling her death a suicide, but friends, relatives and the general public are skeptical.
In response to her death and its mysterious circumstances, Black Twitter birthed the hashtag #IfIDieInPoliceCustody, prompting people to share what the public should do—and know—in the event of their death in police custody. Here are 11 of the most sobering, moving tweets.
#IfIDieInPoliceCustody know that they killed me. I would do everything in my power to get home to my family. So never stop questioning.— April (@ReignOfApril) July 17, 2015
#IfIDieInPoliceCustody know that I went down swinging the fists of Assata and shouting the words of Angela— Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) July 17, 2015
#IfIDieInPoliceCustody don’t try 2 use my background and education to say I didn’t deserve this. I didn’t deserve it without degrees either— E. Little (@ItsMrLittle) July 16, 2015