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Wakiesha Wilson. Say her name. Wakiesha Wilson. This week we are loving on the memories of Black women killed by police in Los Angeles county.
Wakiesha was a 36 year old loving mother of a 13 year old boy.
She was arrested over Easter weekend in 2016. Wakiesha spoke with her family about attending her court hearing, but when her family arrived to court, Wakiesha was not there. Her mother called the jail for several days attempting to locate her daughter, but received no answers and only referrals to other departments.
Eventually, after days of searching, her mother was given a number to call, and that number was the coroner’s office. No family member should find out about the death of their loved one in that way.
The jail officers claimed that they found Wakiesha unconscious after allegedly hanging herself in her jail cell. The coroner labeled her death a suicide but her family disputes this claim. In addition to telling her family she would see them in court, jail officials have acknowledged that 22 minutes of footage from the jail during the period she was killed was deleted.
Wakiesha was murdered on March 27, 2016 by Tiana Laday, Eboni Bryant, Joanna Magana, Reaunna Bratton, Mayra Ferman, Yumiko Bonilla, and LAPD nurse Crystal Jurado and PA Latonya Hitchcock. A recent investigation by @nbcla revealed that officer Bratton had a history of negligence and disciplinary problems and was fired following the incident. None of the officers have been indicted.
Wakiesha was a mother, a daughter, a cousin, and her life mattered.