Films about sparrows and hoopoes at Rotterdam festival

This video, recorded in the USA, says about itself:

Planet Sparrow, New York Segment

4 April 2014

Sparrows in New York City, part of the international documentary about the life of [house] sparrows, directed & produced by Kurt Mayer for ORF, Arte & NDR.

At the Wildlife Film Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, there will be more films about birds. Including Planet Sparrow.

The festival organisers write about it:

A sparrow in the Souk in Cairo: bushy and tousled, he flits between crowded stalls to build his nest and attract a mate. He‘s one of the five heroes of Planet Sparrow. Small and grey-brown, sparrows may seem dull, but this first impression is deceptive; they’re extremely clever. The camera pursues these artists of flight through narrow alleys, revealing their spectacular aerial manoeuvres.

In New York, orphaned sparrow chicks are adopted by new sparrow parents. Sparrows play Russian roulette in Moscow, flying beneath the cars on the busiest roads to save winter energy. In Beijing they’re captured and then released to bring good luck. In Paris, centuries of living with humans have taught them to form teams that steal and share the food of café diners. Planet Sparrow is a documentary about these flying survival artists, their neighbours and adversaries, all filmed from the perspective of the birds!

This video, recorded in Austria, is the film Return of the Hoopoe.

There will be also the film Return of the Hoopoe at the Rotterdam festival.

The organisers write about it:

Across Europe hoopoes are struggling. But amidst the orchards and vineyards of the Wagram region near Vienna they are thriving. This documentary shows how the small bird with the spectacular crown feathers made a comeback in the heart of Europe and how it is dealing with its neighbours: Aesculapian snakes, foxes and falcons.

It is also the story of one man’s dream that came true: Manfred Eckenfellner is the Hoopoe Whisperer, and because of his passion the birds found their way back to the Wagram. Even cultivated landscapes like Wagram’s vineyards offer countless opportunities for wild animals to find new niches. Kestrels use castle towers to breed and bee-eaters live in the same layers of loess vintners grow their grapes on.

After Sandra Bland and Walter Scott, Bernard Scott in the USA

Bernard Scott, 44, pictured here with a host of tubes coming out of his mouth, ended up comatose, but has since regained consciousness, he was in hospital for three weeks following the incident

About the Walter Scott in the title of this blog post, see here.

From Daily Kos blog in the USA:

Mon Sep 14, 2015 at 06:55 AM PDT

This Guy Was Almost Sandra Bland-ed

by smoothnmellow

So a St. Louis area PD (Pine Lawn, NW of St. Louis) picked up this guy on minor traffic violations and then nearly 3 weeks later, he wakes up from a coma in the hospital.

Police said that he tried to hang himself, but oops.

He survived and corroborates an account from an EMT who pleaded with police to allow them to take the man to the emergency room:

Paramedics from Northeast Fire Protection District say that they went to the Pine Lawn jail in September on a call to check on an inmate who had abdominal pain and bleeding. He explained that he needed to go to the emergency room, but police officers and deputies working in the jail refused to listen to him.

Say his name: Bernard Scott, 44. He was being held in jail in lieu of — wait for it — $360.00 bond.

The EMTs working the case appealed once more to allow Scott to go to the hospital and a cop had changed into his off-duty clothes to accompany Scott to the emergency room.

However his police supervisor said no.

Then this happens:

Only 14 minutes after the final denial, the jail had to call another ambulance, as Scott was unconscious with stiff muscles. He was agitated, aggressive from the pain he was in, and in a posture that medical experts claim is indicative of brain damage, according to the EMT report.

Police say they found Scott hanging by his neck from a shoelace that was tied to his cell door. The story is reminding many of the Texas arrest of Sandra Bland, this summer. But in the case of Scott, there are more answers, because he survived.

He says that he didn’t hang himself.

“Why would I hang myself?” he inquired. “I was in on traffic tickets.”

Scott says he can remember the first ambulance driver “wanted to take me with him, but the guy wouldn’t let me leave.”

Then another officer “told me he wasn’t going to let me out of jail unless I bonded out.”

Source: here. …

For years, many St. Louis County municipalities have been abusing … its police as a hammer to garner revenue from its citizens, many of whom cannot really afford to pay with the threat of jail.

Or worse. I’m sure if this guy had the $360.00, he would have paid it, rather than go to jail. Now because of outrageously aggrievous actions of this police department, Mr. Scott’s hospital bills will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars alone.

It’s money that Pine Lawn probably would have a very hard time paying if Mr. Scott decides to suit the municipality.

What in the blue hell is wrong with us in this country? Since when is it okay to allow due process to jump the snark? Where in the world is our sense of common, decent humanity? We treat dogs lying in the street better than we treat human beings.

First James Blake is mistaken for a credit card thief who turns out to be a high profile individual in his own right who had nothing to do with the crime either, except that he ‘kind of favored’ Blake in the looks department.

Then we have the same PD (NYPD in this case) arrest a woman who stopped at a light in her BMW playing loud music and enjoying it — only to be ‘arrested’ later, accused of lying about owning her own damn car, given a cocktail of psychotropic drugs, stripped down naked and taken to a psyche ward.

This is not how human beings should be treated and I wouldn’t have a problem if Amnesty International calls out the United States on human rights violation of its own citizens by domestic police.

Enough is enough.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Nutty NY~Black Woman Endures 8 Days In Psych Ward Because Cops Didn’t Believe She Owned Her BMW

12 September 2015

Woman Says She Endured 8 Days In Psych Ward Because Cops Didn’t Believe BMW Was Hers

NEW YORK — Kamilah Brock says the New York City police sent her to a mental hospital for a hellish eight days, where she was forcefully injected with powerful drugs, essentially because they couldn’t believe a black woman owned a BMW.

In her first on-camera interview about her ordeal, which aired Thursday, the 32-year-old told PIX11 that it was all a “nightmare.”

It’s a nightmare, Brock’s lawyer told The Huffington Post, that never would have happened if she weren’t African-American.

Brock sued the city earlier this year in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She contends that her constitutional rights under the Fourth and 14th Amendments were violated and that she suffered “unwanted and unwarranted intrusion of her personal integrity, loss of liberty [and] mental anguish.”

The suit details how Brock pulled up to a traffic light in Harlem on Sept. 12, 2014, the music on her car stereo playing loudly.

See also here.

North Carolina police chief forced to resign after ‘shoot first’ anti-Black Lives Matter rant: here.

‘THE BLACK FAMILY IN THE TIME OF INCARCERATION’ As Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in his latest opus, the longest story The Atlantic has published in over a decade, “If generational peril is the pit in which all black people are born, incarceration is the trapdoor closing overhead.” [The Atlantic]

Legacies of Limited Justice and the Sandra Bland Case: here.

Tennis player James Blake wrongly arrested in New York

This video from the USA says about itself:

NYPD Slams Tennis Star James Blake On The Ground Before U.S. Open Appearance

10 September 2015

From Reuters news agency:

N.Y. police chief apologizes to arrested ex-tennis star

By Scott Malone

September 10, 2015

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton apologized on Thursday to former U.S. tennis star James Blake, who was arrested after being wrongly identified as a suspect in a fraud ring and said he was concerned over how much force was used.

Blake, who is black, was surrounded by six plainclothes officers outside a Midtown Manhattan hotel on Wednesday while waiting for a car to take him to the U.S. Tennis Open. One of the officers slammed the 35-year-old man to the ground before handcuffing him.

The incident involving a well-known athlete revived questions over excessive police force that reverberated around the country after a series of police killings of unarmed black men that sparked sometimes violent protests.

“I spoke to Mr. Blake a short time ago and personally apologized for yesterday’s incident,” Bratton said in a statement. “Mr. Blake indicated he would be willing to meet with the Internal Affairs Bureau as our investigation continues.”

Bratton earlier told reporters the officer who tackled Blake had been put on desk duty while the department reviewed the incident.

“I have concerns about the takedown,” said Bratton, adding he had seen a video of the arrest.

“The concern we had: Was the force used appropriate, and the initial review – we believe it may not have been,” added Bratton, who was appointed by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio at a time when he was trying to improve relations between police and minority residents of the city.

Police said Blake, at one time ranked fourth in the world, had been mistakenly identified by a cooperating witness as a suspect in a fraud ring.

Bratton said he was also concerned that no report had been made of Blake’s arrest and detention, which became public after the former player reported it to the New York Daily News.

Blake told ABC’s “Good Morning America” he decided to go public with the incident after discussing it with his wife and imagining how he would have felt if she had been treated in that way.

“I was furious because I thought about what I would be thinking if someone did that to my wife, if someone tackled her in broad daylight, paraded her around in a busy, crowded sidewalk in New York City with handcuffs,” Blake said.


Blake added that he had cooperated throughout the incident with the officers, who did not immediately identify themselves as law enforcement.

“The first words out of my mouth were, ‘I’m going to 100 percent cooperate. I don’t want any incident or whatever,’ just out of reaction from what I’ve seen in the media,'” said Blake, who was on his way on Wednesday to the U.S. Open, which is being played at Flushing Meadows in the borough of Queens. …

The police department last year promised to revamp how it trained officers after 43-year-old Eric Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by officers who were trying to arrest him for suspected illegal cigarette sales on Staten Island in July 2014.

Garner’s death was one of a string of cases in the past year involving the deaths of black men in confrontations with police – including in Baltimore, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri – that sparked a national debate over race and justice.

Federal data show that U.S. police routinely use force when making stops of pedestrians, doing so in one out of every four non-traffic stops, according to a 2013 Justice Department report.

Some 57 percent of black respondents in a Pew Research Center poll last year said police do a poor job of using the right amount of force when they respond to situations, more than double the 22 percent of white respondents who reported that view.

That poll, of 1,501 U.S. adults, including 1,082 white adults and 153 black adults, was conducted in August 2014, days after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The margin of error for white respondents was 3.4 percentage points and for black respondents 9.1 percentage points.

(Reporting by Scott Malone in Boston; Additional reporting by Katie Reilly in New York; Editing by Frances Kerry and Jonathan Oatis)

New York police spying on Eric Garner solidarity activists

This video from the USA says about itself:

No Charges For White Cop In Eric Garner Killing, Despite Shocking Video

3 December 2014

“A Staten Island grand jury voted on Wednesday not to bring criminal charges in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer.

The decision was reached after months of testimony, including from the officer who used the chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo. The grand jury reached its decision less than two weeks after a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., declined to bring charges against a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.

An autopsy by the city’s medical examiner found that Mr. Garner’s death was a homicide resulting from the chokehold and the compression of his chest by police officers.” The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

By Sandy English in the USA:

New York cops spied on activists against police violence

29 August 2015

A report published last week in Glenn Greenwald’s Intercept has revealed that police spied and exchanged information on activists who led protests against police violence last winter in New York City.

The spying was conducted by a special counterterrorism squad from police working for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the Intelligence Division of the New York Police Department (NYPD).

The protests erupted after the refusal of a grand jury to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the murder of Eric Garner. Pantaleo was videotaped strangling Garner during a targeted arrest for allegedly selling tax-free cigarettes in the borough of Staten Island on July 17 last year.

As he lay on the ground, Garner told police officers on the scene several times that he could not breathe. He was given no first aid and was pronounced dead at the hospital. His death was later ruled a homicide by the city coroner’s office.

Activists obtained 118 pages of police reports from the MTA and 161 pages from the MetroNorth Railroad through New York’s Freedom of Information Law. The documents cover protests that took place from December 2014 to February 2015 in Grand Central Station in Manhattan where the MTA police have jurisdiction. A number of protests in the timeline occurred there.

The NYPD has not released any documents, but those that have been supplied reveal an information exchange between the NYPD and the MTA police, and the presence of both NYPD as well as MTA undercover officers at the protests.

Police tracked demonstrators as they were moving around Grand Central Station and in the city and identified specific individuals among the demonstrators. One undercover officer sent frequent email updates on the activities of protesters at the station during a protest on Martin Luther King Day in January. These included notice of the presence of Jose LaSalle, a founder of CopWatch Patrol Unit, in an email that includes his photograph.

Another email chain from December includes a chart of upcoming protests, including one organized by high-school students.

It is worth noting that some of the police spying occurred after Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a halt to the protests against police violence in the aftermath of the shooting death of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn on December 20 by a deranged gunman, although the documents indicate that surveillance of protesters also took place before de Blasio’s plea.

The political atmosphere during the first half of December in New York City was one of intensifying anger at police violence, particularly over the Garner case, but also including the dozens of police shootings in the city over the past decade, as well as the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the refusal in November of a grand jury to indict his killer, Officer Darren Wilson.

During the period from December 4 to December 15, large demonstrations against police violence took place throughout the city, some of them partly spontaneous, with tens of thousands of workers and youth protesting in Washington Square Park on December 15.

After the December 20 shooting, however, elements of the state apparatus attempted to go on a counteroffensive. Police union officials claimed that de Blasio had blood on his hands for his supposed tolerance of anti-police-violence protests, and the NYPD staged a near-mutiny when cops turned their backs on de Blasio on several occasions in what became a political mobilization of the police. Over the next few weeks, NYPD officers then performed a systematic slowdown in arrests and citations for minor crimes across the city.

While police surveillance and intimidation of protesters during this period were undoubtedly intensified, these practices certainly did not begin from scratch. Spying on protesters in New York City who have not broken the law and represent no threat to public safety is the modus operandi of the NYPD and other state agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

The NYPD has a long and well-documented history of spying on and harassing Muslims in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. More recently New York cops have video-recorded, photographed, followed and intimidated nonviolent protesters, such as those involved in the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. The NYPD also subjected these protesters to beatings, pepper spraying and the use of LRAD sound cannons. One of the most egregious state attacks on protesters’ democratic rights was the frame-up of organizer Cecily MacMillan in 2014.

There can be little doubt that the documents published by the Intercept are only the tip of an iceberg of sustained and extensive surveillance of organizers of and participants in protests against police violence, not only in New York City, but throughout the United States.

Music for #BlackLivesMatter in the USA

This music video from the USA says about itself:

Janelle Monae, Wondaland & Jidenna Perform in Times Square

13 August 2015

Jidenna & Wondaland Artists Take Fight Against Police Murder to Times Square During ‘EEPHUS’ EP Tour

In New York City, Jidenna & Wondaland Artists will take the fight against police murder to the belly of the beast, Times Square – by joining parents of people murdered by police, activists, and artists to call out mass incarceration and police terror – and contribute towards mass nationwide mobilization against it during #RiseUpOctober. In coordination with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, Artists 4 Justice, and Stolen Lives Parents, the event will be composed of a press conference, rally and creative speak-out, with the goal merging prominent artists with victims of and fighters against police murder to draw a line in society, boldy asking the question: ‘Which Side Are You On?”

The press conference will feature Jidenna, Wondaland artists, Carl Dix, co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, who was recently arrested in Ferguson this weekend with fellow SMIN co-founder, Cornel West, and Nicholas Heyward, whose 14 year-old son was murdered by police in 1994, among others.

Following the rally and press conference, the speak-out itself will take the form of ‘performance protest’, an interactive disruptive action that remixes a traditional ‘die-in’ with elements of street theatre and open mic. As part of strengthening this effort, Wondaland artists take part in this simple, but dramatic creative action, joining in to do the movements, perform a verse, sing a song, or speak out.

From in the USA:

August 14, 2015

Janelle Monae Leads Protests For #BlackLivesMatter Movement, Releases Powerful New Song

Janelle Monae and her fellow Wondaland band mates, including Jidenna, marched in protest against police brutality on August 12 in Philadelphia. In a preview of the song “Hell You Talmbout,” the Guardian reports that Monae addressed the protesters with passion.

“They say a question lives forever, until it gets the answer it deserves. Won’t you say their names? Can we say their names right now? Can we speak their names, as long as we have breath in our bodies?”

The group released a powerful remake of Monae’s bonus track “Hell You Talmbout” off her 2013 album The Electric Lady. The full Wondaland roster is present on the song: Roman GianArthur, Deep Cotton, George 2.0, St. Beauty, Jidenna, and Monae. The foundation of “Hell You Talmbout” is built on a drumline progression and between choruses of “hell you talmbout,” and accompanied by that strong marching beat, the artists urge us to “Say his/her name!” The names of Blacks throughout history who have been victims of police brutality and racism are chanted. You can listen to “Hell You Talmbout” on Wondaland Records Soundcloud.

The list of names chanted in the “Hell You Talmbout” song includes Walter Scott, Jerame Reid, Phillip White, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, Freddie Gray, Aiyana Jones, Sandra Bland, Kimani Gray, John Crawford III, Michael Brown, Miriam Carey, Sharonda Singleton, Emmett Till, Tommy Yancy, Jordan Baker, and Amadou Diallo.

The inclusion of Emmett Till proves just how long the struggle has been going on. Till was only 14-years-old when he was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 for talking to a white woman. Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, the white men who took the young boy’s life, were both acquitted and later admitted to the crime knowing that due to “double jeopardy” they could not be tried again. Till’s funeral was an open casket one, a move his mother made to show just how mutilated her child was. Outrage over his murder actually helped spark the Civil Rights Movement.

The #SayHerName hashtag is an offspring of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. It was a means to amplify the struggles of black women who have been killed or sexually harassed by the police in the U.S. The death of Sandra Bland in Texas last month while she was in police custody helped the movement to gain more visibility. was established in an effort to raise awareness of the systematic erasure of black lives in the United States and “demand the intentional dismantling of structural racism.”

The Wondaland artists seem to be using their tour as a platform for the social justice movement as they also held another protest in New York city. The group called to action their supporters and gathered at a police station in Times Square once more.

With their protests and “Hell You Talmbout,” Monae and the Wondaland crew join other artists who have spoken out in public or on social media about the Black Lives Matter movement. Common and John Legend’s song “Glory” won best Original Song at this years Oscars, and at her Grammy performance, Beyonce’s dancers referenced the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture associated with Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri.

The collective Wondaland EP, The Eephus, is set to be released today. They have free invite-only shows scheduled throughout the month of August, which end in Atlanta on August 31.

Saving birds’ lives in New York City

About this video, from in the USA:

Manhattan’s own Snow White

This woman’s love for wildlife has saved thousands of urban birds

By Hanneke Weitering

August 7, 2015

When animal lover Rita McMahon stopped on a highway to help an injured Canadian goose almost 20 years ago, she had no idea that this particular bird would change her life forever. What started with one goose eventually led McMahon to open Manhattan’s first wildlife rehabilitation center, the Wild Bird Fund Center, located on the Upper West Side.

McMahon says her center has “the prettiest windows on Columbus Avenue,” with adoptable pigeons, doves and turtles greeting passers-by on the sidewalk. Inside, a swan with an injured foot casually attempts to strut around the education center while a spunky seagull oversees the reception desk. A goose on the loose stalks the staggering swan at a safe distance. Then there’s Ben, a resident one-eyed cardinal who constantly flutters from shoulder to shoulder, tickling people’s necks with his feathers and occasionally nibbling on their earrings. Most patients here, however, are pigeons — dozens and dozens of pigeons.

Growing up in rural Connecticut, McMahon always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. “As a child I took in everything.” She’d rescue chipmunks, skunks, pheasants, rabbits, and lots of birds. “That’s what you do in the country,” she said. In middle school she began assisting the veterinarian across the street from her house. “He would do the medical end, and I would take care of the animals.”

Then came the fainting spells. Every time McMahon observed the vet in surgery, the sight petrified her and she’d flop unconsciously onto the floor. Although her mentor assured her that this sensitivity would pass, McMahon simply could not get over the distress of everyday veterinary duties. She abandoned her dream, moved to the city to study art history, and ended up working in the television industry.

McMahon spent 35 years doing television research and programming for NBC, ABC and Fox. Although she started helping birds again in the 90s, she did not retire from television until she opened the Wild Bird Fund Center in 2012. She could not have done it without a $250,000 donation from one of the volunteers. “Prior to that I had 60 birds in my apartment — and a very tolerant husband and son.”

When McMahon was first introduced to her future husband, Peter Gelfan, the friend who introduced them warned Gelfan that “she has a thing about birds.” Although it wasn’t easy, Gelfan got over the constant squawking, musty air and stray feathers to be with the woman he loves. After the Wild Bird Fund opened, the birds finally moved out.

McMahon’s bird-rescuing career really began about 20 years ago with the injured goose on route 684. She stopped her car, wrapped the animal in her coat and took it home in hopes of finding someone who could give it proper medical attention. “For three days I phoned everywhere, and finally went to the Animal Medical Center and put down my credit card, because I could not find anyone who would take care of the goose.”

The Animal Medical Center tried to save the goose, but it died days later. “We were the only major city without a rehab center,” McMahon said. The goose led McMahon to local rehab expert Vivienne Sokol, a bird doctor for the Bronx zoo, and the two began rescuing birds together. “Vivienne would always tell me, when your cat goes, you ought to become a rehabber.” When Sokol learned that McMahon’s cat had disappeared, she started bringing over pigeons and sparrows. And when word got out that McMahon was caring for birds, more and more birds began arriving at her door. “So many people find injured birds and they care enough to bring them in and help,” McMahon said. Thankfully she wasn’t alone, with volunteers from the nearby Animal General hospital eager to help.

McMahon created a website for her services, and the business exploded. “Suddenly we weren’t just dealing with 300 birds,” she said. “We were dealing with over a thousand birds a year, and my apartment was getting really full. A few more years passed and we were getting ready to bust at the seams.”

Now McMahon and around 50 volunteers at the center help thousands of birds every year, and even some squirrels, groundhogs, bunnies and turtles. The overwhelming majority of patients, however, are birds. About half of their cages house sick and injured pigeons, but several migratory birds, seagulls, geese and even swans can be found throughout the center. Most are in cages, but many roam free.

Sandra Bland’s family files lawsuit in Texas

This video from the USA says about itself:

Sandra Bland’s Sister Responds to Suicide Allegations, Lawyer Says Waller County Withholding Details

24 July 2015

Law enforcement officials in Waller County, Texas, have concluded that the cause of Sandra Bland’s death in police custody was suicide. But Bland’s family and friends dispute claims she was suicidal, and say there is no evidence she previously tried to kill herself before her traffic stop escalated into an arrest.

We are joined by Sharon Cooper, who is Sandra Bland’s sister. Also with us is Cannon Lambert, the attorney representing Sandra Bland’s family. He says authorities have given the family only “piecemeal information” from the autopsy they conducted, and disputes the relevance of tests showing marijuana in her system. Cooper says Bland should be remembered as “someone who was unapologetically confident — and that’s OK in today’s world — somebody who was assertive, and somebody who truly stood for what she believed in.”

From in Texas, USA:

Family of Sandra Bland filing federal lawsuit

Adam Bennett & Staff 5:24 a.m. CDT August 4, 2015

HOUSTON – An attorney representing Sandra Bland’s family will file a lawsuit at the federal courthouse in downtown Houston on Tuesday, the attorney’s office says.

The lawsuit will be filed against Trooper Brian Encinia “and others responsible for the death of Sandra Bland,” the office stated in a press release overnight.

Encinia arrested Bland on July 10 in Waller County. She was later found dead in a jail cell in Hempstead on July 13. Officials say she used a plastic bag to hang herself.

Many of Bland’s family, friends and others on social media worldwide have questioned that explanation.

The 28-year-old was arrested her for allegedly kicking Encinia during a traffic stop near Prairie View A&M. Dashcam video does not make clear whether or not that happened, but does show the encounter quickly escalating after Encinia tells Bland to put out her cigarette.

The trooper was put on desk duty for violating procedures during the stop. …

On Tuesday night, Texas Southern University is also continuing that conversation. They’ll be holding a forum with community organizations and leaders to come up with more ways to hold law enforcement accountable and try to prevent another situation like Bland’s from happening again.

Sandra Bland vigil

Across US, Activists Shine Light On Sandra Bland’s Mysterious Death: here.

This 31 July 2015 video from the USA is called Community Demanding US Attorney Investigate the Death of Raynette Turner.

From the Philadelphia Tribune in the USA:

5th Black woman dies in police custody in July

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 12:00 am

Courtney Jacobs, AFRO Staff Writer

A New York mother of eight is the fifth Black woman to die while in police custody in the month of July.

Raynette Turner, 43, died in a Westchester County jail cell after being arrested for allegedly stealing crab legs at a wholesale food store.

Turner was arrested July 25 on the petty larceny charge and was set to be arraigned on July 27. However, the previous evening, she complained about not feeling well and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Turner was diagnosed with high blood pressure.

The next day, the defendant’s husband, Herman Turner sat at Mount Vernon City Court patiently awaiting her appearance for the arraignment. She never made it, however, dying just two hours before her 4 p.m. arraignment.

Turner’s family was not notified of her death until the following morning when police detectives told them at their house.

“I want somebody’s head to roll on this,” Herman Turner told The Journal News. “I am not going to rest until I get some type of justice for my wife. That’s the bottom line.

“No one said anything to me about my wife was downstairs, dead, they just let me sit in the courtroom all day long, waiting for her to come and be seen by the judge,” he added. “I’m angry, very angry. Somebody needs to pay. Somebody really needs to pay for this. I’m sorry, I’m not going to let this rest.”

Turner’s autopsy is still currently pending for the cause of her death.

The case has drawn attention in social media and elsewhere, coming in the wake of the well-publicized deaths of four other Black women in police custody