Video Shows Ralkina Jones, Who Died in Police Custody, Tell Officer ‘I Don’t Want to Die In Your Cell’
A newly released video shows a Cleveland woman who died in policy custody pleading with officers for her prescription medications hours before she was found dead in her cell.
“I don’t want to die in your cell,” 37-year-old Ralkina Jones tells the officers in the video released Tuesday.
Jones reportedly made her medical condition clear to the officers but they refused her the medication which appears to have caused her death.
On July 24, Jones was arrested after an altercation with her husband.
She was booked into Cuyahoga County Jail on assault, domestic violence, and child endangerment charges.
After she was processed, Jones tried to explain that she takes anti-epilepsy drug Gabapentin, ADHD drug Adderall, and a generic version of Xanax.
Jones told the officers that she was diagnosed with orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (a heart disorder), migraines, and post-concussion issues.
After the officers denied her request, Jones was found dead in her cell on July 26.
“Someone’s going to answer to it,” her sister told WKYC. “If not, everyone’s going to answer to it, because you can’t just do this. She was a human. She was a mother, a sister, a daughter, a cousin, a great mother, a great sister. She wasn’t supposed to die in no jail her first time going to jail.”