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Petitioning State Senator Quinton Ross and 4 others

Request Federal and State Investigation of the "mysterious" death of 18yo Sheneque Proctor found in Bessemer,AL jail.

The death of Black Men like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice is a clear indication that Black Lives are in jeopardy from Police who have declared it open season on Black Men.  Insult over injury no indictment and a video which clearly shows officers using a choke hold on Eric Garner who loudly and clearly stated that he could NOT breathe was not enough to save his life.  Yet in Alabama where most of the historical landmark Civil Right Movements and cases we have lost an 18 year old Black young woman under the hands of Bessemer Police.  According to several reports on national media websites, Shenequa was arrested, her aunt Tracy Rodda indicated that her niece was complaining about her asthma and that she was being handled roughly by officers. According to Naturally "The next morning, the teen was found dead in her cell.  A month later, the cause of Proctor’s death has still not been revealed to her family.“We don’t know what happened,” Proctor’s mother, Scherita, told Weld.  “I’ve heard lots of things. I don’t want to speculate. We’re waiting on a death certificate.”(Whaley,2014).  This family deserves some answers we don't need another "I can't breathe" story.  Her life mattered and still matters to her family.  They deserve answers from the State Bureau of Investigations and the FBI.  As Blacks we deserve answers because we know Alabama lawmakers have Open Carry Laws and it seems as if we are getting into the Open Season on Blacks.  We are requesting that you, Cong. Sewell, Rep. Holmes, Rep. Knight, and Sen. Ross request both State and Federal investigations in the death of this 18 year old Black female.  

This petition was delivered to:
  • State Senator
    Quinton Ross
  • State Representative
    Alvin Holmes
  • State Representative
    John Knight
  • State Representative
    Lawrence Mcadory
  • Representative
    Terri Sewell

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