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Woman, Arrested for Small Amount of Pot, Dies in Jail After Being Denied Prescriptions by Cops

Brenda Sewell is dead today after police denied her access to her medication while in jail for a minor pot charge. Sewell and Joy Bigg, two sisters returning home to Kansas from a trip to Colorado, were pulled over Monday for speeding when police found a small amount of marijuana in the car. The sisters had legally purchased the marijuana in Colorado earlier in the week.

The officer arrested the sisters and they were taken to jail. Because police could not tell what medications the sisters were taking, Sewell was denied access to her medication for Hepatitis C, fibromyalgia, and a thyroid condition, illnesses for which she had been receiving treatment for over a decade.

While in custody and off her medication, Sewell vomited all day Tuesday, and by Tuesday night was vomiting up blood, according to news affiliate Kansas First News. Sewell was then taken to a local hospital but taken right back to prison an hour later, Goodland, Kansas police said. By Wednesday, Sewell began to foam at the mouth and collapsed on the floor, which is symptomatic of a seizure.

According to the Wichita Eagle, Biggs told her family that she pleaded for jailers to help while she began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Sewell was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Family members are demanding answers as to why Sewell and her sister were denied access to the phone so that they could make a phone call or arrange for adequate medical care.

The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing.

h/t: Wichita Eagle

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Simone Sanner, the descendant of a long line of politicians, hails from the corn fields of the US, surrounded by neo-conservatives and klansmen. Among her many hobbies and interests are marketing, statistics, gardening, medicine and of course cats. They really rule the world, you know.
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  • Kevan Scott

    Exactly right Eddie and Katrina! I can hear a certain Tea Bag relative saying Well, she shouldn’t have had the marijuana or gotten arressted. Yes, the comment about people finding out they have been deluded into thinking there is no police state is not only right, it’s dead on right! Only disagreement I have is that I believe that the police state is already here, it just hasn’t reached the heavy handedness at every turn stage yet. I’d bet these sisters and a few others would disagree with me about that though!!!

  • http://anomony.wordpress.com anomony

    Doesn’t surprise me.

    I was booked into County for failure to appear on a misdemeanor warrant because the county court house sent the warrant to the wrong address. What joy.

    During booking the jail house nurse who I shiver at the thought of describing demanded I sign a blank form authorizing a person to be named later to make medical decisions for me. The nurse told me I wouldn’t get my meds unless I signed this blank form. I’m in my 50′s and my dailys are for pain and cholesterol so I’m not going to drop dead if I don’t get them.

    It wouldn’t be the first time I failed to take the statin and I would rather be in miserable pain than allow this “nurse” to make any decision, let alone the CO’s.

    About the CO’s, I also refused to sign the inventory because it was chicken scratch. I had heard and used the term chicken scratch before but hadn’t realized the term till I saw these legal documents. Legal documents that can’t be read because the penmanship is so bad.

    So I’m not surprised people die in jail because life sustaining meds in their possession at the time of arrest are withheld.
    Doesn’t surprise me.

    I was booked into County for failure to appear on a misdemeanor warrant because the county court house sent the warrant to the wrong address. What joy.

    During booking the jail house nurse who I shiver at the thought of describing demanded I sign a blank form authorizing a person to be named later to make medical decisions for me. The nurse told me I wouldn’t get my meds unless I signed this blank form. I’m in my 50′s and my dailys are for pain and cholesterol so I’m not going to drop dead if I don’t get them.

    It wouldn’t be the first time I failed to take the statin and I would rather be in miserable pain than allow this “nurse” to make any decision, let alone the CO’s.

    About the CO’s, I also refused to sign the inventory because it was chicken scratch. I had heard and used the term chicken scratch before but hadn’t realized the term till I saw these legal documents. Legal documents that can’t be read because the penmanship is so bad.

    So I’m not surprised people die in jail because life sustaining meds in their possession at the time of arrest are withheld.

  • eddie powell

    Now we allow police to be medical providers. Wake up America!! A police state is here for sure. Thank God for living 3 scores and five years and truly don’t have to endure this crap much longer. When the people continue to allow this type of beastly behavior ,by the rules of human behavior, by the nature of the human beast among us, they will surely take more and more of our constitutional rights away until none are left. From history, that is what police states do. For those that think this crap will never roost at their door steps, human history has many times proven that those types usually find that they were truly living a delusional world.

  • https://www.facebook.com/WilliamFortnight Katrina DeWitt

    And of course, no fault will be placed on the police and they will shift the blame on the sisters.

  • http://gravatar.com/buricco buricco

    I think certain conservative types believe that if you’re in jail, you must deserve to be, and that you deserve to rot for the time you’re there.

    • http://mikennc.wordpress.com mikennc

      And I’d love to know the proportion of republicans to democrats currently in jails. I know which way I’d vote.

    • Steven Burkhardt

      feudalism is beginning to return

    • http://infowars.com LIBERTARIAN TEA PARTY FINANCIAL BACKER

      as if this is a partisan issue. the democrats are aligned with the neocons on policy issues. different rhetoric same globalist agenda.

      libertarianism is the future.

      the real tea party is libertarian.

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