Wakeisha Wilson died in 2016 in police custody. Initially, her death was ruled as suicide. Her family and the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles members rejected Wilson had committed suicide while in custody. A meeting at the LAPD turned ugly when Wilson’s aunt threw her cremated ashes at the Police Chief, so she can “stay with him forever.”
Wakeisha Wilson died on Easter Sunday in 2016 while in police custody. Her body was found in a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) jail cell. Wilson’s death was ruled a suicide.
Her family, with members of the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, rejected the idea that Wilson had taken her own life in her jail cell. According to them, the entire incident looked very suspicious.
They demanded more information from LAPD.
Wakeisha Wilson’s Ashes Thrown at LAPD Chief
Two women were arrested on Tuesday, May 8th protesting at a meeting being held at LAPD’s headquarters. One of them, Sheila Hines-Brim, Wakeisha Wilson’s Aunt, reportedly threw Wilson’s ashes at LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
Melina Abdullah, leader of the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles chapter, was with Hines-Brim. She was arrested for misdemeanor battery on a police officer.
The powder-like substance has not been officially identified. However, a hazardous materials team has confirmed that the powder is not dangerous. According to them, they would undergo further testing to determine what actually it was.
The LA City Council paid a $298k settlement earlier this year to end the legal dispute over Wilson’s death. According to Wilson’s aunt, the fight is far from over. Hines-Brim said she used Wilson’s ashes so that they could be with the LAPD Chief Charlie. She explained further that she wanted Chief Charlie to feel Wilson because he had murdered her.
Video: Aunt of Wakeisha Wilson, who died in LAPD custody, throws niece’s cremated ashes at chief
Concerns have been raised that the detention officers might have been responsible for the death of Wakeisha Wilson. However, police officers issued a statement there were no signs of any altercations involving the officers.
The LAPD was prompted to review its policies and practices after Wilson’s death. How jail staff handles mental health issues of the inmates were also investigated. Wilson’s mother found out her daughter was dead after she missed a court hearing. Coroners and police officers were reminded to notify family members concerning an inmate’s deaths.