The family of Wakiesha Wilson is searing for answers after the 36-year-old mother died in police custody last month.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Wilson died in a hospital on March 27 after she was found hanging in a jail cell a day after being arrested for suspicion of battery. Wilson’s family contends she wasn’t distraught over her arrest and even called them while she was in custody, the last time just 90 minutes before she was found unconscious.
While the county medical examiner ruled Wilson’s death a suicide, her family said that even though she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her arrest wouldn’t have been a trigger to harm herself.
Though they don’t believe she killed herself, Wilson’s family say they just want answers, particularly because it took officials days to inform them she had even passed away.
“We want the facts. If the facts came out that she did this, we will accept that,” Jaaye Person-Lynn, the attorney for Wilson’s family, said. “The death is tragedy No. 1. The amount of time it took for the family to become aware is tragedy No. 2.”
A coroner’s office spokesman blamed the delay on the hospital where Wilson died, and said it sometimes takes the coroner’s office a few days to inform a family of someone’s death.
During a recent Police Commission meeting, LAPD Asst. Chief Michel Moore said that he will “look into” Wilson’s death and why it took officials so long to inform her family.
As with all in-custody deaths, once the LAPD completes its investigation, the Police Commission will review Wilson’s case.