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Anna Brown Petition Gathers Thousands of Names After Jail Death in Richmond Heights

The woman died in a Richmond Heights jail cell last year, and people are going online to demand health-care access for Americans from President Barack Obama.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the home city of Jonathan Dedering. He is from Madison, WI. This article has been updated to reflect the correct city.

More than 12,500 people have signed an online health-care petition formed after , the website Change.org notes.

Brown died shortly after police took her from to the city's detention facility on Dale Avenue. She died of blood clots, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigation, though police initially thought she might have been using drugs.

"In the memory of Anna Brown, we demand access to adequate health care for all Americans," the petition directed at President Barack Obama states.

An attorney for the city had to go on what medical officials told them.

As of 3:36 p.m., 12,520 people had signed the petition, which aims to collect 15,000 names.

The petition links to a Facebook page called Justice for Anna Brown, which garnered 7,808 'Likes' as of 2:20 p.m.

The website lists Jonathan Dedering of Madison*, WI, as the petition's founder. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

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