A woman was arrested after reportedly throwing the ashes of her niece, who died in LAPD police custody in 2106, at the at the Los Angeles police chief.
On Tuesday, Sheila Hines-Brim attended a meeting at the LA Police Commission, where she hurled a powder-like substance at Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck “so they could be with him,” the devastated aunt told reporter after she was released, NBC Los Angeles reported.
After Hines-Brim threw the substance at Beck, she stormed off and shouted, “That’s Wakiesha. She’s going to stay with you.”
“I used her ashes so they could be with him. So he could feel her because he murdered her,” she told NBC Los Angeles.
Hines-Brim’s niece, Wakiesha Wilson, was found hanging in a downtown jail cell on Easter of 2016, the LA Times reported. Wilson was arrested after she was accused of punching a patient at a downtown hospital.
Although police said Wilson committed suicide, family members and activists said the 36-year-old wasn’t suicidal and blamed officers for her death.
The LAPD denied that officers used force against Wilson.
Beck called Tuesday’s incident “not only disrespectful” to his office, “but more importantly to a process of community engagement that has been recognized across the nation.”
“This only created chaos and fear for any Angelinos who wanted to voice their opinion about policing in our city,” he said in a statement to NBC.
Another activist, Melina Abdullah, was also arrested at the meeting for assaulting a police officer, reported CBS Los Angeles.
Both women were booked for battery on a police officer and released on $20,000 bail.
After the ashes were thrown, the area was cleared out while a hazmat team investigated the substance. Although police didn’t identify the powdery substance, it was found to be non-hazardous.