Another African-American woman has been found dead in a prison cell outside Cleveland, Ohio, amid a series of mysterious deaths of prisoners while in police custody this month.
Ralkina Jones, 37, who was arrested in Cleveland Heights on Friday night after an altercation with her ex-husband, was found dead on Sunday morning.
She was arrested for breaking out the driver’s side window of her ex-husband’s car and then swinging a tire iron at him.
“During the incident, Ralkina’s 12-year-old daughter was in the back seat of her vehicle, which she attempted to run Brandon [Jones] over with,” according to a police report.
Her family said that she was “perfectly fine” whey then went to see her at the jail on Saturday.
According to Cleveland Heights police, Jones was found to be “lethargic” around about 7pm on Saturday night and rushed to a local hospital.
She was released and taken back to the jail a few hours later. Throughout the night, she seemed fine in periodic checks conducted, but found dead on Sunday morning.
The family is now demanding answers as to how she died.
“[My sister] would want us to find out why,” Jones’ sister, Renee Ashford told local media. “You can’t just tell me one minute I seen (sic) my sister, then the next day she [is] dead. That don’t (sic) even make sense. And it’s just, ‘I can’t help you. I can’t tell you.’ Like, no. That’s un-human.”
Her death came two weeks after Native American activist Rexdale W. Henry, and Sandra Bland were found dead in their cells in Mississippi and Texas on July 14 and 13 respectively.
Also, Kindra Chapman, an 18-year-old black woman, was found dead hanging in her jail cell in Jefferson County on July 14.