The loved ones of a Black woman who died in police custody last year will finally have a sense of closure. Earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council announced that it has reached a $298,000 settlement in the death Wakiesha Wilson, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Wilson’s death has been at the center of controversy ever since her body was discovered in an LAPD jail cell in 2016 on Easter Sunday, the news outlet said. Police officials claimed that Wilson committed suicide in the cell, but her family members believed that the officers at the correctional facility were to blame. Following the discovery of her body, the details surrounding what happened to Wilson were scarce, prompting activists and those who were close to her to demand answers.
The incident brought issues surrounding LAPD police practices to the forefront of a national conversation. It sparked internal dialogue about how police officials should handle inmates with mental illness and how the coroner’s office should manage alerting families about deaths.
Los Angeles faced two lawsuits brought by Wilson’s son and mother. The 13-0 settlement vote that took place on Wednesday resolved the lawsuits. “At the end of the day, somebody died on their watch,” the family lawyer Jaaye Person-Lynn told The Times. “I’m still not 100 percent sure of exactly what happened, but I am content with this resolution and I am happy that the city was willing to work with us.”
Taking legal action was not an easy journey for Wilson’s loved ones. At the beginning of 2017, the Police Commission ruled that the officers at the jail where Wilson’s body was discovered had no role in her death. Months later, prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges.
Wilson was apprehended on March 26, 2016, for allegedly attacking a patient in a hospital. When she was taken to jail she reportedly notified officials that she had mental health issues. The next day when cops were transferring the inmates to a different cell block, her body was discovered lifeless in her cell.
The narrative of Black women dying in police custody has been all too common, especially over the past few years. Wilson’s story mirrors what happened to women like Sandra Bland, Kindra Chapman, and Raynette Turner.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
31 Black Women Who Died In Police Custody
1. Kathryn Johnston, 92Source:Getty 1 of 26
2. Tarika Wilson, 26Source:Getty 2 of 26
3. Shereese Francis, 30Source:Getty 3 of 26
4. Shantel Davis, 23Source:Getty 4 of 26
5. Alesia Thomas, 35Source:Getty 5 of 26
6. Malissa Williams, 30Source:Getty 6 of 26
7. Darnesha Harris, 17Source:Getty 7 of 26
8. Shelly Frey, 27Source:Getty 8 of 26
9. Miriam Carey, 34Source:Getty 9 of 26
10. Yvette Smith, 47Source:Getty 10 of 26
11. Michelle Cusseaux, 50Source:Getty 11 of 26
12. Aura Rosser, 40Source:Getty 12 of 26
13. Tanisha Anderson, 37Source:Getty 13 of 26
14. Eleanor Bumpurs, 66Source:Getty 14 of 26
15. Natasha McKenna, 37Source:Getty 15 of 26
16. Janisha Fonville, 20Source:Getty 16 of 26
17. Meagan Hockaday, 26Source:Getty 17 of 26
18. Alexia Christian, 25Source:Getty 18 of 26
19. Sandra Bland, 28Source:Getty 19 of 26
20. Gynnya McMillen, 16Source:Getty 20 of 26
21. Symone Marshall, 22Source:Getty 21 of 26
22. Korryn Gaines, 23Source:Getty 22 of 26
23. Deborah Danner, 66Source:Getty 23 of 26
24. Alteria Woods, 21Source:Getty 24 of 26
25. Charleena Lyles, 30Source:Getty 25 of 26
26. Cariann Denise Hithon, 22Source:Getty 26 of 26
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