By Nate Birt
More than 12,500 people have signed an online health-care petition formed after the death of Anna Brown in a Richmond Heights jail cell, the website Change.org notes.
Brown died shortly after police took her from SSM St. Mary's Health Center 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
An attorney for the city said this week that police 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 Milwaukee, WI, as the petition's founder. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
Description of the Anna Brown Case & Video Below:
Originally visiting the hospital due to a sprained ankle, she was unaware that the real problem was that her sprained ankle had caused blood clots. A doctor at St. Mary’s told police that she was okay to go, unwilling to properly treat the woman. At 7:33 in the video below, you can hear an officer in the cell after she died say, “we thought she was drug sick” but the autopsy revealed that she had not taken any drugs."
(Video Courtesy of WorldStar)
(Story Courtesy of dayton-richmondheights patch)