18-Year-Old Kindra Chapman Found Dead in Alabama Jail Just One Day After Death of Sandra Bland

Chapman was found dead in her cell in Alabama just one day after the similar death of Sandra Bland in Texas.

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On July 14, 18-year-old Alabama resident Kindra Chapman was arrested on a first-degree robbery charge after reportedly stealing a cell phone. At 6:22 that evening, Chapman was booked into the Homewood City Jail — only to be found dead in her cell a little over an hour later after supposedly using a bed sheet to hang herself.

Chapman's death came just one day after the death of Sandra Bland, who died under unsettlingly similar circumstances at a jail in Texas. Chapman's family and local residents are taking these similarities firmly to heart, expressing a general distrust of the investigation process thus far and an unwavering support for those actively protesting outside the Homewood City Jail. In a statement to AL.com, Chapman's mother Kathy Brady reveals she wasn't even notified of her daughter's death until 9 p.m. Brady also believes local police killed her daughter and are using the claim of suicide as a way to dodge a thorough investigation.

After a nationwide questioning of Bland's supposed suicide in Texas, the FBI launched their own inquiry — treating the case as a murder investigation. Though the federal government doesn't maintain a comprehensive record of citizens killed by police, The Counted — a project founded by the Guardian in an effort to make such statistics easily accessible — reported in June that the 2015 total had already reached 500. At the current rate, more than 1,000 lives will be taken by police before the end of the year.


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