“Everyone Should Be Reading These Intense #IfIDieInPoliceCustody Tweets Right Now”

“Its conceit is sobering: Black users across the social media platform — in part prompted by the suspicion that 28-year-old Bland did not, in fact, die by suicide in a Waller County, Texas, jail, but rather by more dubious means — are advising their readers what to do if they die under similar circumstances.
The posts amount to a series of unofficial advance directives. That they feel necessary is both troubling and heartbreaking. But considering the long list of black women and men who have died or been killed while held by law enforcement in recent years — including Freddie Gray in Baltimore, whose death sparked days of unrest in April — it’s hard to imagine many alternatives.”

Related: An interview with the LA Times’ new correspondent on “black twitter”

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