HOMELESS WOMAN’S DEATH in POLICE CUSTODY STIRS ANGER in ST LOUIS


 

HOMELESS WOMAN’S DEATH IN POLICE CUSTODY STIRS ANGER IN ST LOUIS – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Anna Brown was homeless and had so much pain in her legs that she couldn’t walk. When Brown, 29, refused to leave the emergency room at St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights, Mo., a suburb near inner St. Louis, the police thought she was on drugs and arrested her for trespassing. She’d already been examined, and a doctor said she was healthy enough to go to jail. The police carried her into a jail cell by her arms and ankles, her body slackened. There were a couple of beds in the cell, but they left her on the concrete floor. A couple of officers stood by the door as she writhed and moaned, and then they walked away. “They thought she was a drug seeker,” an officer said later. She had stopped moving within 15 minutes and was pronounced dead a short time later. She’d had blood clots in her legs and lungs, an autopsy found, and no drugs in her system. Family members are now considering a lawsuit in the 6-month-old case, whose details were brought to light by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an investigation published Sunday that included video of Brown at the emergency room, in the police car and dying in her jail cell. She leaves behind two children and a raft of anger and confusion. “She was not a drug dealer or a hooker or doing other things that she could’ve ended up dead for,” said sister Krystle Brown, according the Post-Dispatch. “People assume things because of the way they talk or the way they live or the things they do. My sister is not

 

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