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Ralkina Jones, 37, of Cleveland, was found dead at 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning in a suburban jail in Cleveland Heights.

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On Monday (July 27), the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner performed an official autopsy. According to The Huffington Post, spokesperson Chris Harris states that officials could find “no suspicious injuries” on Jones’s body, before saying that “further studies” would be undertaken to determine the cause of death.

Speaking with news station WOIO, Jones’s family members said she was arrested following an argument with her husband at his workplace, Save-A-Lot. Her 12 year-old son was with her during the altercation.

She was charged with “assault, domestic violence, endangering a child and criminal mischief.”

The family also states that Jones suffered from a medical condition, the medication for which they delivered to the jailhouse. However, Mrs. Jones was not administered her meds.

Jones’s death is another in a string of suspicious killings involving Black women in police custody, which include 28 year-old Chicagoan Sandra Bland and Kindra Chapman, an 18 year-old Black woman, who was found dead in Homewood City Jail in Alabama.

These women, whose names should be on the mouths of everyone, shed light on a much neglected aspect of #M4BL, the death of Black women after encounters with police agencies.

For more on this developing story, please check back with Wear Your Voice.


Antwan is an educator, cultural critic, actor, and writer for Wear Your Voice Mag (WYV), where he focuses on the dynamics of class, race, gender, politics, and pop culture. Prior to joining the team at WYV, he was an adjunct professor in the African American Studies Department at Valdosta State University in southern Georgia, where he taught African American Literature. He has traveled the U.S. and U.K. showcasing a fifty-five minute, one-person play titled Whitewash, which focuses on the state of black men in the post-civil rights era. Antwan received his B.A. in English and Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and M.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and NAACP theater nominee.

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