this is why the u.s. needs a healthcare system that works for everyone. it’s also worth noting that she had mediacaid, so the condition she had SHOULD have been treated. it wasn’t even detected until she had an autopsy. the police handled her – and possibly the assholes at the hospital, too – as if she were under the influence of recreational drugs. she was not. she had blood clots in her leg, which eventually entered her blood stream and lodged in her brain.
things like this do not happen in modern, wealthy nations. unless the wealthiest among them have an iron grip on public institutions and Hate poor people. this HATRED is further illustrated by the fact that this story is 6 months old, and IS NOT part of the electionering polluting the news these days.
if you’re curious, there are videos of her final moments of life, taken from hospital surveillance, and police monitoring cameras – from her arrest in the lobby of the hospital, her ride to the police station, and her final moments of life, alone on the floor of a holding cell. see the original story, from the st louis dispatch.
She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary’s Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn’t stand.
She had already been to two other hospitals that week in September, complaining of leg pain after spraining her ankle.
This time, she refused to leave.
A police officer arrested Brown for trespassing. He wheeled her out in handcuffs after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up.
Brown was 29. A mother who had lost custody of two children. Homeless. On Medicaid. And, an autopsy later revealed, dying from blood clots that started in her legs, then lodged in her lungs.
She told officers she couldn’t get out of the police car, so they dragged her by her arms into the station. They left her lying on the concrete floor of a jail cell, moaning and struggling to breathe. Just 15 minutes later, a jail worker found her cold to the touch.
Officers suspected Brown was using drugs. Autopsy results showed she had no drugs in her system.
Six months later, family members still wonder how Brown’s sprained ankle led to her death in police custody, and whether anyone — including themselves — is to blame.
there are videos of her final moments of life – her arrest, transportation to jail, and later, in the jail cell, from the original article on the st. louis today’s website.