A new petition has been circulating in response to a young woman who is now being called the “female Eric Garner.” The petition is demanding that the federal and state governments investigate the death of Sheneque Proctor. The 18 year old young woman died in police custody at Bessemer City Jail after she was arrested on November 1st.
According to Proctor’s relatives, she was at a hotel attending a party with friends when police arrested her for disorderly conduct.
Proctor is reported to have complained to the police that she had problems with asthma but her words allegedly fell on deaf ears. The next morning, she was found lifeless in her jail cell.
Bessemer City Attorney Shan Paden commented, “I know the case. I know we had a death in the jail. Erring on a conservative side, not to protect the city but to protect the rights of an 18-year-old, the city of Bessemer will not disclose any information.”
On Monday, a Change.org petition was created and it explained the circumstances surrounding the young woman who’s life has now ended.
According to Proctors family, she suffered from asthma and the police were violent with her during her arrest.
The day after her arrest, Proctor was found dead and her family says that Bessemer authorities will not answer important questions and will not tell them exactly what happened. A spokeswoman for authorities has only told them that the case has been referred to the State Bureau of Investigations and they are “looking into the case.”
The petition emphasized that the young woman’s family deserves to get their questions answered and that “Her life mattered and still matters to her family.” It also says, “They deserve answers from the State Bureau of Investigations and the FBI.”
Proctor’s family is asking that people sign the petition so that they can get some answers about their beloved daughter.
9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech.
10 Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.
11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins.
16 I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.
17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women, that they may come:
18 And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.