On Aug. 18, 2019, Diamond Ross was dragged face first into a holding cell in Dallas. Her body was limp when officers picked her up off the floor and placed her in a wheelchair. She sat there unattended and slowly dying for 12 minutes. It was only when she was rushed to Baylor University Medical Center that she was provided medical attention, but by then, it was too late. Ross was pronounced dead of a drug overdose the next day.
Three years later, Diamond’s family is still seeking accountability. They gathered with a couple dozen supporters outside City Hall on Aug. 18, 2021 for a vigil and balloon release to commemorate Diamond’s death and highlight the disproportionate violence Black women face at the hands of the police.
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“We are here because Black women and girls are not dispensable,” said Rev. Dr. Irie Lynne Session, who opened the vigil with an impassioned speech. “ We are here because Black women and girls matter. We are here because we intend to hold the Dallas Police Department, and everybody else has anything to do with why justice is not being served.”
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