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Pledge "I Would Never" - Let The World Know You Would Not Commit Suicide In Police Custody

Let it be known:

I would never hang myself.

I would never shoot myself.

I would never reach for a police officer’s gun.

So for the record, if I ever end up dead while in police custody or under “mysterious” circumstances related to a hanging or any other form of "suicide", it is certain that I have died at the hands of another. Please investigate the case further, and do not rule out the officers involved as suspects.

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Following a traffic stop on July 10, 2015 28-year old Sandy Bland was placed in a Texas jail cell. Three days later, she was found dead of asphyxiation. Police say she hung herself. Her family says, no way.

On July 14, 2015 18-year old Kindra Darnell was booked into an Alabama jail cell on first degree robbery. Within two hours she was found dead of asphyxiation in her cell. Police say she hung herself. Her family says, no way.

In early March 2015, 54 year-old Otis Byrd was found with a bed sheet tied around his neck and hanging from a tree in in Claiborne County, MS. Police say he hung himself. His family says, no way. After investigating, the FBI could not determine if the death was a homicide or a suicide.

In September 2014 21 year-old Kimberlee Randall-King was arrested by St. Louis, MO police officers for having outstanding traffic warrants. A few hours after her arrest she was found dead of asphyxiation in her jail cell. Police officers say she hung herself with her T-shirt. Her family says, no way.

In August 2014, 17 year-old Lennon Lacy was found hanging by a dog leash and a “belt that didn’t belong to him” in North Carolina. Police say he hung himself. His family says, no way. The FBI was asked to look into “racial tensions” sparked by Lacy’s involvement with a 31 year-old white woman.

In July 2012, 21 year-old Chavis Carter was found dead from a gunshot wound while handcuffed in the back of a police car. Police say he shot himself. His family says, no way.

There are several other cases like the above, and we our concerned with what seems to be an increasing pattern in the frequency of these police claims of suicide.

Therefore, we are asking you to read & sign this pledge and let the world know #IWouldNever- because My Life, a black life, Does Matter.

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