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Woman Dead in Jail

It’s been a month since 28-year-old Sandra Bland was found unconscious in a Waller County, Texas jail cell, but we still haven’t forgotten her name. While Bland’s family and supporters continue to question the official story about her death, a small group of protesters have been showing up at the jail every single day to demand justice.

Unfortunately, it looks like Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith has had enough.

After telling Hannah Adair Bonner, a minister with the United Methodist Church, that she should “go back to the church of Satan,” a tree that demonstrators congregated under to escape the triple-digit Texas heat was mysteriously cut down on Tuesday.

Despite the Sheriff’s reaction to the protests and prayer vigils, Bonner has no plans to leave, apparently neither do the other demonstrators.

She wrote about her decision to stay on her blog.

“Mommy why are the police mad? The police pushed me…” the small African American girl said to her mother as she and a handful of other young girls were shuffled into the arms of a waiting grandmother. Looking down I saw a sight that seared itself into my memory: five pairs of eyes, in five little faces, welling with tears that balanced on the very brink of overflow and the very depth of terror.

I have never seen anything so painful in my life. Except the eyes of Sandra Bland’s sisters overflowing with tears as I looked into them at Hope AME and committed to stay at the Waller County Jail as long as they needed.

I’m sure Sandra Bland would appreciate it.

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