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What happened to Sarah Reed? Woman found dead in London cell


LEADING RACE relations activist Lee Jasper is at the forefront of a campaign demanding to know what happened to black British woman Sarah Reed who was found dead in her cell last month.

Reed, 32, was serving a sentence at HMP Holloway when she was found dead on the morning of January 11.

Prior to being imprisoned, Reed was the victim of police brutality when she was dragged and punched by a former Police Constable James Kiddie in November 2012.

The horrific ordeal was caught on CCTV camera and resulted in the dismissal of PC Kiddie who was handed 150 hours of community service and a fine.

Kiddie was previously investigated by the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, for deploying tear gas during protests in Oxford Street in January 2011.

In the detailed blog post, former senior policy advisor Jasper unearths harrowing details of how a black woman who battled with mental illness and wound up in the British prison system.

According to his source, Jasper said Reed had “been a victim of an attempted rape in Maudsley (psychiatric hospital) and that when she fought off her attacker, injuring him, the staff called the police. It was Sarah who ended up being arrested.”

Jasper says Reed's relatives claimed they were not allowed to see her body during a visit to the prison.

The incident has refocused the profile of the Black Lives Matter movement within the UK context with many using the hashtag #SayHerName to share the story.

@artistmarciax wrote: "So much for a racial utopia when the state silently kills #SarahReed & pretends like the US has real issues #SayHerName so the UK cant lie."

Clare Sambrook added: #sarahreed victim of this extraordinary unprovoked assault by police officer, has died in prison. He wasn't jailed

"Justice for #SarahReed. She went through some of the worst suffering/pain imaginable & people either don't know or think she was a villain," user @MikillPane went on.

A Prison Service Spokesperson said in a statement to The Voice: “HMP Holloway prisoner Sarah Reed (DOB 22/06/83) was found unresponsive in her cell at 8am on January 11.

“Prison staff attempted CPR, but she was pronounced dead shortly after.

“As with all deaths in custody, the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation.”

Sarah will be buried on February 8, 2016 in a private family ceremony, according to Jasper.

The Voice has contacted the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman who confirmed that an investigation was underway which would provide answers to some of the more serious accusations including the suggestion that Reed was not being given medication for her mental illness.

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