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Anna Brown's Jail Death Draws Reactions on Facebook, Twitter

Anna Brown's death in a Richmond Heights jail cell has sparked a national conversation about racism and health insurance access.

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.

Where do you stand on the issue? Share your thoughts in the comments section of the article.

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Lindsay Toler March 28, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I love how the conversation about her death is growing. Clearly, this hits home for a lot of us.
Marena J March 28, 2012 at 09:54 PM
It has everything to do with police and the medical professions as well....An efficient physician upon examining her thoroughly would have 1st of all been able to determine there was a problem and 2 would have been able to tell if she was on drugs. As a law-enforcement officer who was really doing their job they should have stood by while she was checked adequately before weighing in. As for Trayvon Martin another instance where police are not doing their job. I have seen cases where police arrested someone and didn't have enough evidence and they have all the evidence they need against Mr. Zimmerman and have not done anything.
Love for life March 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM
It has nothing to do with law enforcement. Law enforcement did their part by taking her to the hospital to be treated. It was the physician from my understanding that released her. Laws are created by the government and the citizens vote on them. Law enforcement just enforce it. Let's pray for Anna Brown and her family and let's pray for better healthcare in the US. Might a fact lets pray for the US because we are in a state of rage which needs healing.
cindy harris March 28, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Its a damn shame. What is America coming to? Trayvon gunned down for being black with a hoodie on. now Anna Brown for not having insurance and then they ASSume she on drugs. BLACK people are people too. Sometimes im Ashamed to be white!
marsha March 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM
A 75 year old man defends his home when a intruder tries to rob him 4:00am and shot the man in the leg instead the home owner is in jail for doing something to protect his belongs, this young man gunned down for no reason except w.w.b (walking while black) man admits to killing him stone cold, this young lady dies from lack of medical attention when obviously she's there for a reason and police take her to jail and she dies the US is fucked up oh and by the way they all were black this is some serious bullshit I worry for my 8yr old sons life if the justice system can't protect him who can?????
kc March 29, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I am black right is wrong and wrong is right it look that way to me lord we need you.
Jeff Curtis March 29, 2012 at 02:22 AM
well said Kriz!
LifeScriptz March 29, 2012 at 04:25 AM
So what part of any of her personal life has to do with her ability to determine that she is still not well enough to leave a medical facility? All of that other mess is irrelevant. There is no such race as a "ghetto" race. The ghetto is a societal term made up to suggest a certain poverty striken part of town; it doesn't define a race of people. A "person/human being" walked into that hospital and was treated like something other than, because of the same ideologies that some on this comment page represent. It is truly a sad affair we live in on this place called Earth.
ms. mcintosh March 29, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Its wrong .... its soooo wrong and painful rip Anna! And much love to the brown/Davis family.
ms. mcintosh March 29, 2012 at 04:28 AM
And Kris... I knew her personally and everything about her parenting was not true. And for u to say that she basically deserved that. U are ignorant and racist too. But bless ur little ignorant heart.
T. M. March 29, 2012 at 04:30 AM
The woman was mentally ill. The reason why her kids were taken from her and the reason why she lived in the environment she lived in before they were taken. Additionally, it is the reason she looked the way she looked (she was homeless...). This is not an indictment of her character and there are a lot of people who are middle class in America that are one paycheck away from being homeless and having to live the way she lived. Does this give the medical community the right to treat her or anyone else the way she was treated? Also, if she was mentally ill, do you think she could help the way she was acting that dreadful day? We need to stop and think sometimes about people from a psychological standpoint and wonder what is wrong when they are still complaining about pain or any other medical complaint. Could we have missed something versus passing judgement based on appearance. In the medical arena where medicine is a "unexact science", one cannot be so certain or confident that they can simply ignore any patient and their complaint. I don't know if you have any medical issues, and I pray you don't; however, if you do, you may not want to pass judgement so fast because in certain areas of the country even the most well dressed of individuals drug seek and get high...it's called prescription drug abuse and even doctors and nurses do it too...this woman had no drugs in her system when the autopsy report was done...she died because no one listened to her.
ms. mcintosh March 29, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Same to u Jeff curtis# she still didn't deserve to be treated like that.. she was in pain and dieing not on drugs but racist ignorant people like ur selves that think they are better than the next would think that this is OK.... my heart is aching right now. And its sad and disgusting to know people feel like it was OK to do Anna like that...
Aiesha March 29, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Wiether your black, white etc. you go to medical school to diagnose patients, the doctor is at fault for letting the officers drag her off like that. Also those officers had no compassion for her to leave her on the cold floor in pain. Pathic how people ASSUME and not take actions.
JLC March 29, 2012 at 05:14 AM
I do not believe that I am alone in saying, a lot of times we judge a person's health by how they look. And, at times we are insensitive to their pain, because we think people are overexaggerating because they "look healthy". This is a very sad case. She was sent to jail for refusing to leave before receiving adequate medical attention, and she was left to die on the floor. They could have at least placed her on the bed. Wrong is wrong no matter what race, social class, culture, etc. "Ghetto" people need treatment as well as anyone else. They were at a hospital, they could have tested her for drugs
Brandon March 29, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Why can't we all just follow the golden rule "treat others how we would like to be treated". People take stands for social and political reasons regardless if they know it's right or not. The comments by Kriz is disturbing. I can only pray he can one day see things in a compassionate matter rather than saying hurtful thing like that. To suggest someone deserved this is an outrage regardless of their appearance. For the others with the opposing arguments, simply calling people ignorant is not reasonable either, how can we ask others to act civil if we don't act civil? America has loss our sense of class. We simply don't care about each other, we on care about maintaining our social and political pride. I will contine to pray for you all in addition to Anna's family.
Ebby English March 29, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Reading this story and some of these comments sickens me!! Not one soul on this earth should have been treated like Anna. To the Family: God makes NO mistakes n there was nothing you did wrong, trust she is doing better than we are now! Nothing will ever replace the loss of our loved ones on this earth, but NOTHING will surpass the reunion with them in heaven with them as we spend eternity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Crist. Keep turning to God n let him wipe your tears n heal your wounds. God promises to be close to thr brokenhearted and save all who are crushed in spirit. May God have Mercy to your soul.... James 4:11-12  Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?
Laura Mills March 29, 2012 at 08:07 AM
Are all of you people for real? A woman died!Dirty house?Black? Are you serious?Oh my..........She died!Karma is coming for those cops!
Laura Mills March 29, 2012 at 08:15 AM
The hospital staff should all have charges brought against them also~RIP Anna~
Laura Mills March 29, 2012 at 08:19 AM
I live in Lin. Co. Mo. and this sort of thing happens all of the time~The case of the two young men who were shot in the head by the trigger happy deputy,no one is safe these days.
samthor March 29, 2012 at 02:33 PM
How would the police had known she had blot clots? They simply took the word of the hospital. The Hospital was only following orders of the Health Insurance companies. Sorry but if we can't make money off you, you don't get our treatment. Get tot he real root of the problem here.... Privatized healthcare in America doen't work. Thousands die every year because they are not profitable to the insurance companies.
FArese noah March 29, 2012 at 06:59 PM
It saddens me to remember when a dr. Told me nothing was wrong with me a sent me home in pain. The next day I went to my regular dr. Only to find my lungs did not sound good . He rushed me to the Er and after a lung scan they diagnosed me with blood clot in my right lung. I have great insurance, but I live in MS where many whites are prejudice and unashamed. All those in the medical career please understand your a actions will be your own harvest . You will have your day to reap.
BJONES March 29, 2012 at 08:59 PM
ITZ CRAZY THE SOCIETY OF STEREOTYPES WE LIVE IN....SHE DIDN'T DESERVE NONE OF THAT IGNORANCE AND OF COURSE SHE WAS BLACK SO AS ALWAYS SOCIETY TURN THE HEADS ON BLACK PEOPLE 1ST STATED SHE HAD IT ALL REMEMBER HER HOUSE WAS DESTROYED AFTER A TORNADO AFTER NO HELP FROM NO ONE FEMA FAMILY OR GOVERNMENT SHE WAS STRESSED TRYNA SURVIVE BUT IN THT PROCESS SHE LOST HER JOB AND KIDS WHERE TAKIN BUT HER MOM HELPED SO THE KIDS WOULDN'T SUFFER I BELIEVE SHE WAS TRYNA SURVIVE AND SUFFERED FROM THE REAL WORLD STEREOTYPE IF SHE ABLE TO HAVE A BETTER JOB U KNOW ENOUGH PAY TO COMPENSATE ALL EXPENSE CUZ NO ONE CAN SURVIVE OFF MINIMUM WAGE IT CAN'T HELP YOU WITH RENT THESE DAYS LET ALONE FOOD CLOTHES AND UTILITIES PROPER EQUAL MEDICAL CARE AND INSURANCE ANNA WOULD STILL BE HERE TODAY BUT SOCIETY IS CRUEL AND TOO MUCH RACISM NOT ENOUGH UNITY WE ALL HUMANS AND GOD MADE US ALL DIFFERENT AND WHILE THE WORD GHETTO IS BEIN THROWN IN GHETTO IS NOT JUST BEING BLACK IT'S REFERS TO OTHER RACES TOO....
Tish March 29, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Clearly you are not black. Stereotypes are just that. That is why professionals should remain professional. Do your job. Nothing else. Just your job. Your job doesn't require you to pass judgement. That is what you are paid for, is to do your job!!!! Nothing more nothing less. If you do that, everything else won't matter. Hospitals are there to help ill people, period. All that said (black, white, asian or whatever) wouldn't have mattered because both parties would have been doing their job.
lisa March 30, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Now I agree they didn't even place her on the bed. Where is her family someone should pay . They would not get away with this.

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