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18-Year-Old Ala. Girl Commits Suicide in Jail Following Arrest on July 14

kindra-chapman-photojpg-cbd8bfa919366ce9While national media attention has focused on the death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail, a similar situation recently claimed the life of an 18-year-old Alabama woman.

A day after Bland’s death, Kindra Darnell Chapman was arrested in Homewood, Ala. on July 14 for allegedly stealing someone’s phone on the street, and charged with first-degree robbery, according to The Huffington Post.

Chapman was last seen alive in jail on the evening of July 21 during a welfare check. An hour later, jailers returned to see Chapman on the ground unresponsive and claimed that she hung herself, according to the Post. She was taken to a local hospital, where she died from apparent asphyxiation.

Chapman’s family in a statement to news outlet AL.com confirmed the ruling of her death as a suicide.

“We want the world to know what a wonderful soul she was. At the same time, we want the world to know that her death was a suicide. We have hired lawyers to investigate how this could have happened while she was in police custody,” Chapman’s family wrote. “We are so grateful for the outpouring of support for Kindra. We are devastated that she is gone, and we miss her terribly.”

Protestors gathered outside of the local jail to express their feelings about Chapman. Six of the protestors were arrested; five were charged with disorderly conduct and one was charged with resisting arrest.

Bland made national news after footage was released of her being pulled over by a police officer for not using her turn signal. In the video, Bland is heard complaining that the officer is hurting her. Bland died three days later in jail in an alleged suicide hanging.

 

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