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Saturday, June 6, 2015

THE DEATH OF ALESIA THOMAS: Killed While Handcuffed

Yes, another black woman has been killed by police while handcuffed.  

One of her  murderers, Officer Mary O'Callaghan, was tried and found guilty of assault. She faces a maximum of 3 years in prison.


ALESIA THOMAS                          MARY O'CALLAGHAN    
Alesia Thomas, described as mentally ill in one article and as a drug addict in another. Thomas did what I would have told her to do... if I'd known her and she had asked me.  She took her children to the police department and left them there because she didn't feel like her children were safe with her anymore. 

The police arrested her for this.


O'Callaghan was one of the officers that beat and kicked Thomas while handcuffed. Thomas eventually died.  




A bigger question for me is this: Why is Alesia Thomas's name missing or scarcely a part of  the Black Lives Matter
Movement?

Why do I keep hearing about black women for the first time when there murderer is either set free or given a slap on the wrist? I keep hearing about these black, unarmed, and then dead women two to three years after their deaths. 

Is it that black females don't matter?

Or is it that the mentally ill don't matter?

Or is it that poor, mentally ill, black females don't matter?



#AllBlackLivesMatter #SayHerName


Read More About How Ronald Reagan's Policies Made Sure The Mentally Ill had nowhere to go.


https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/06/03/the-tragic-death-of-alesia-thomas-underscores-how-americas-systems-are-failing-the-mentally-ill/


Our next conversation needs to be about how a 911 call for help with a mentally ill person should be routed to paramedics or ambulance rather than the police. Too many black women have been "mishandled" by white police officers who are "untrained" to recognize black people as human.