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Young, Gifted and Black - Killed in Police Custody in Texas
Before Sandra Bland, there was Ahjah Dixon. Ahjah Dixon, a former student at Navarro Community College in Corsicana, Texas was killed while in police custody at the Corsicana Justice Center under suspicious circumstances similar to Sandra Bland. Ahjah’s family has been fighting for four years to find out how and why she died. They have been denied video footage of Ahjah while in custody moments before her death.
An autopsy report revealed that Ahjah had been beaten, with bruises and contusions, (lacerated lip, bruises on her upper and lower torso, face and many other parts of her body), which cannot be explained and have never been addressed by law enforcement.
For four years Ahjah's mother, Isthyme Robinson, has attempted to get information from Corsicana, Texas on what happend to her daughter. She has petitioned the Dallas Corner’s office for autopsy pictures and video footage which would reveal the nature of her body at the time of her death. Her requests have been ignored. The Department of Justice is the last recourse.
"Having lost two children to police brutality has been a long walk of loneliness, alienation coupled with grief, indescribable pain, too intense to describe in any words in the human language. After four years, no action has been taken by the Justice Department regarding my request.
There is only one thing in the world worse than the loss of your own child and that is the lack of justice for such unthinkable loss."
Ahjah Dixon was arrested and hours later was dead. Four years later, the police department and Corsicana, Texas are still refusing to answer questions about how and why she died. Ahjah is not the first victim to die while in police custody, but we would like to work to make sure that she is the last. Not only will we ask the Department of Justice to investigate her death, we want them to investigate the deaths of other black and brown people in police custody.
Please help Ahjah's mother and the parents of other victims get justice.
P.S. If you or a family member has been impacted by police brutality, mass incarceration and criminalization, please consider joining our End Mass Criminalization team. We are searching for solutions and justice.
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