Another day, another Black woman found dead in her jail cell.
This time it was 36-year-old Wakiesha Wilson who Los Angeles police and their coroner’s office claim hung herself in her Metropolitan Detention Center cell on Sunday, March 27. But her family says that doesn’t make any sense since she had a 13-year old son and wasn’t suicidal, her mother told KABC News.
“I don’t believe that, my daughter would not kill herself. It’s not like this is the first time she’s been incarcerated. No, she had too much to live for,” said Lisa Hines.
Her family said the last time they spoke with Wilson was on Easter morning. They said she “was happy” as they went over the details of her hearing for Tuesday. Wilson told her family she would call them back later night, but never did. On the day of hearing, the same day she was to be released, Wilson wasn’t in court. After pleading with officials to tell them where Wilson was, Hines said she was given a phone number, it was to the coroner’s office, KABC noted.
“They knew when I was at court. They knew Monday when I called. They knew Monday because she died Sunday,” Hines said.
Why did the police department wait four days to notify Wilson’s family about her death? Right now, that’s exactly what Wilson’s family lawyer is trying to find out.
“We know there was some kind of disagreement with a detention officer or an LAPD officer. We know that after that disagreement she passed away,” Jaaye Person-Lynn told KABC.
Wilson’s family aren’t the only ones not buying that her death was a suicide, especially given how familiar this scenario sounds.
While KABC reported that Wilson was bi-polar, this Tweet makes a valid point.
The family has created a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of Wilson’s funeral.