NY Attorney General Opens Investigation Into Death of Raynette Turner

NY Attorney General Opens Investigation Into Death of Raynette Turner

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman was given an executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo to be special prosecutor in the case of Raynette Turner, who is one of at least six reported deaths of African-American women while in police custody this past July.

Published August 4, 2015

There will be a special investigation of the death of Raynette Turner, who was found unresponsive in a jail cell on Monday July 27 in Mount Vernon, New York.

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman was given an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be special prosecutor in the case of Turner, who is one of at least six reported deaths of African-American women while in police custody this past July. 

Her family wants answers. "All I know is my wife is dead and no one is saying anything," said Herman Turner, her husband, according to ABC 7. The family believes the case is one of neglect not brutality, PIX11.com reports.

Turner was awaiting to be arraigned for a shoplifting charge before she died. She was arrested Saturday (July 25) afternoon after being accused of stealing from a wholesale store called Restaurant Depot. After complaining of feeling ill, she was taken to a hospital and treated for hypertension before she was released and returned to a cell Sunday (July 26) night.

Around 2 a.m. on Monday morning, Turner was fingerprinted and returned to her cell. But when guards went to bring Turner for her court appearance, she was found unresponsive. Turner was taken to a nearby hospital and later pronounced dead.

The names of the Black women who also died in jail in July were Sandra Bland of Texas, Ralkina Jones of Ohio, Kindra Chapman of Mississippi, Alexis McGovern of Missouri and Joyce Curnell of South Carolina. Additionally, Michael Sabbie, 35, was an African-American man who died in a Texarkana, Arkansas, jail cell at the end of last month.

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