The death of Anna Brown in a Richmond Heights jail cell has sparked a national conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Change.org about racism and health insurance access. Even a about the case.
Brown, 29, had received medical attention at several facilities including , the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday. Richmond Heights police arrested her there on suspicion of trespassing and took her to the jail in September "after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up," the Post-Dispatch reported.
Officials thought she might have been using drugs, the article states. She later died from blood clots, and an autopsy found no drugs in her body.
Brown's death represents an unusual situation, an attorney who represents the Richmond Heights said this week. He with her "obscure and complex" medical condition, not actions taken by the city's police.
A linking Brown's story to health care reform has gained more than 11,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.
"In the memory of Anna Brown, we demand access to adequate health care for all Americans," the petition directed at President Barack Obama states.
The petition's creator, .
Users on Twitter and Facebook are comparing Brown's story to that of Trayvon Martin, too.
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