Sandra Bland update


On December 21th 2015, the grand jury said it will bring no charges in the death of Sandra Bland. She died in jail last July, three days after a traffic stop in Waller County, Texas. Two videos of the stop went viral. The medical examiner said she had hanged herself using a trash bag.

Her family seriously doubts it was suicide. Jail officials did not think she was depressed either, even after she told them that she had tried to take her life last year after a miscarriage. They did not put her on suicide watch.

Assata Shakur:

“In prisons, it is not at all uncommon to find a prisoner hanged or burned to death in his cell. No matter how suspicious the circumstances, these deaths are always ruled “suicides.” They are usually Black inmates, considered to be a “threat to the orderly running of the prison.” They are usually among the most politically aware and socially conscious inmates in the prison.”

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Suicide note from a 19-year-old mother imprisoned at Karnes with her baby

English translation:

I write this letter so you know how it feels to be in this damn place for 8 months you don’t understand that people’s lives has no price a you don’t have a heart for anybody you just lie and humiliate all of us who have come to this country for the second time if I do this is because only God knows what I have suffered in my country I come here so this country can help me but here you’ve been killing me little by little with punishment and lies in prison when I haven’t committed any crime


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Suicide, Kids Giving Up Hope: A Heartbreaking Local Story and Memories Of Losing My Friend To Suicide At A Young Age


Last night I first heard the news that an 11-year-old San Tan Valley, Arizona boy whose father was a police officer committed suicide.  Samuel Epps, 11, became upset after an argument with his father, went into his parent’s bedroom, locked the door, took his father’s unsecured 9mm handgun and fatally shot himself in the head.  Every indication pointed to suicide and not an accidental shooting.

Initial reports stated that there was no known mental health conditions the boy suffered with nor was there ever any indication he had thoughts of hurting himself or thoughts of suicide.  Sadly in Arizona there is no law that requires a gun be locked up and kept out of the reach of children.  There are laws on neglect though which this case could fall under.


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‘He looked like he was heading into war’: Georgia FedEx gunman wounded 6 with shotgun before suicide

A 19-year-old gunman carrying explosives burst into a Georgia FedEx facility Tuesday “like he was Rambo,” wounding six people — three critically, officials said.

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55-year-old Georgia woman killed during visit to Atlanta mall by acquaintance

A 55-year-old Georgia woman was killed on a Monday afternoon trip to a mall in Atlanta by an acquaintance who authorities said killed himself later that day at his suburban home.

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Father throws son off high-rise – Video

A man in the midst of a bitter custody battle threw his son off a Manhattan high-rise before jumping to his own death.


Community Village‘s insight:


I hear stories every year about men who take vengance out on their own family.


How do we best teach men that they don’t have the right to murder?

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Sheriff: Taunting post leads to arrests in Rebecca Sedwick bullying death

“Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death on September 9”


“The bullying that led Rebecca Sedwick, 12, to jump to her death stemmed from a dispute between her and a former classmate over a boy, police said Tuesday.”


“Yes IK I bullied REBECCA nd she killed her self but IDGAF,” the Facebook post read, according to CNN affiliate WFTV. Judd said the initials meant “I don’t give a (expletive).”
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