Symone Marshall Deserved Better
This will be rather short, but here goes:
It’s quite telling that I live in Huntsville, TX and the first mention of Symone Marshall’s death did not come from our local newspaper, but instead from the New York Daily News’s Shaun King which you can read here. I did a little Googling of her name and Huntsville Item (our local newspaper) and only found one entry, which is her name next to the charges of possession of a controlled substance and a refusal to provide proper identification. Those charges are incredibly difficult to believe due to a few things. One, she and her car were involved in a road rage accident in which her car flipped over several times. If your car flipped over several times and you did not cause the accident, why are the police so concerned about searching the wreckage (or even your person) for a controlled substance before they ensure you are okay? The second charge is just as flimsy, because according to her sister’s Go Fund Me page, her sister was apparently booked on that charge because she didn’t have a valid driver’s license which apparently supersedes ensuring that she was okay after that car crash. Then there is the matter of the two weeks in the Walker County Jail, and the refusal of the jail officials to listen to her sister who told them that Symone Marshall was complaining of headaches and lightheadedness. This is criminally negligent, because they should have at least had medical personnel on site as this is a relatively newer and presumably up to date county jail. If no medical personnel were on site, they should have made arrangements to have Marshall examined by a doctor at HMH. They did neither of these things, likely because Symone Marshall was designated a flight risk and as such is denied any offsite or third party care. Also, the way that bail works at most county jails is absurd. If you cannot post your bail which is determined based on what you are charged with and not an official bail hearing, you sit until there is an opening for a hearing of your case which could take up to a month, even in a small community like Huntsville. In the way that Symone Marshall was handled on every level there is disrespect, there is callousness, there is an institutionalized murder. At every level, the “criminal justice system” failed Ms. Marshall and instead of “protecting and serving” her the system had her killed.