For Your Society

Aunt of Wakeisha Wilson, Woman Who Died in LAPD Custody, Throws Niece’s Ashes at Chief

  • Respect (0%)
  • Funny (0%)
  • Disappointment (0%)
  • Anger (0%)
  • Stress (0%)
  • Whatever (0%)

Screenshot: NBC Los Angeles

In 2016, Sheila Hines-Brim’s niece, Wakeisha Wilson, died in the custody of the Los Angeles Police Department. And during an emotional meeting Tuesday with the Los Angeles Police Commission, Hines-Brim threw Wilson’s ashes at Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

“That’s Wakeisha. She’s going to stay with you,” Hines-Brim shouted after she threw the ashes, according to NBC Los Angeles.

At the time of Wilson’s death, she was in custody for punching a patient at a hospital shortly after she admitted herself for chest pains. A day after being detained, she was found hanging in her cell.

The coroner’s office ruled suicide as the cause of death, but activists said she never showed any signs that she’d kill herself. According to the Los Angeles Times, Wilson told her cellmate she was having suicidal thoughts. Wilson’s family said they weren’t properly notified of her death, and they were subsequently awarded $300,000 by the city.

Advertisement

After Hines-Brim threw the ashes at Beck on Tuesday, the room where the commission had been meeting was evacuated and Hines-Brim was taken into custody. She was released later that evening on $20,000 bail.

“I used her ashes,” Hines-Brim said, after her release, “so they could be with him. So he could feel her, because he murdered her.”

In a statement, Beck called the incident “not only disrespectful” to the office of police chief, “but more importantly to a process of community engagement that has been recognized across the nation. This only created chaos and fear for any Angelenos who wanted to voice their opinion about policing in our city.”


READ MORE @

Facts are under attack! Support Real Journalism.

https://www.theroot.com/aunt-of-wakeisha-wilson-woman-who-died-in-lapd-custody-1825917488

share this with your people

FY Society explores American society with original content and analysis, as well as through the lens of curated news and articles.

We are simply trying to tell a story. Our story, the story of America past and present–who we are and how we got here, and perhaps more importantly: where we are going. We have a whole lot more in store, however, so please consider helping us in that effort by visiting the FY Store, or with a donation via Patreon.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT:

Leave a Reply

Close Menu