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Video shows Ralkina Jones’ chilling words before dying in police custody: ‘I don’t want to die in your cell’

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A black Cleveland woman who died in police custody pleaded with jail officials to properly administer her prescription medications in the hours before her death.

“I don’t want to die in your cell,” she told officers in video released Tuesday.

The New York Daily News said that 37-year-old Ralkina Jones made her medical needs very clear to her captors, but they disregarded her needs — which appears to have resulted in her death.

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According to Cleveland.com, Jones was arrested on July 24 after a fight with her husband. She was held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on charges of assault, domestic violence and child endangerment.

When she was booked into jail, Jones explained that she takes the generic version of the sedative Xanax, the ADHD medicine Adderall and the anti-epilepsy drug Gabapentin.

In a discussion with jail officials hours before her death, Jones explained that she needed her medication to be properly administered. She was diagnosed with the heart disorder orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, migraines and was receiving treatment for concussions.

Hours after the video was taken, Jones was assessed by a medical professional because she seemed lethargic. She was discharged and returned to her cell at 10:40 p.m. on July 25. On the morning of July 26, guards found her dead in her bunk.

Jones’ family says she was in good health prior to her arrest.

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“Someone’s going to answer to it. If not, everyone’s going to answer to it, because you can’t just do this,” her sister told WKYC-TV.

“She was a human. She was a mother, a sister, a daughter, a cousin, a great mother, a great sister. She wasn’t supposed to die in no jail her first time going to jail.”

The case echoes that of Jesse Jacobs, a 32-year-old gay man who died while in the custody of Texas police. Jacobs was held in March at the Galveston County Jail. Jacobs and his family explained to jail personnel that he needed his prescription medications, but they were never administered. Jacobs went into seizures and died in his cell.

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Jones was one of five women of color who died in police custody in the last two weeks of July. Her death and that of Sandra Bland spawned the Twitter hashtag campaign #IfIDieInPoliceCustody, in which black users of the social medium posted messages to their loved ones and families and called for reform of the U.S. criminal justice system.

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Eric Swalwell debunks Elise Stefanik’s entire defense of Trump in just 15 seconds

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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) on Tuesday quickly took apart Rep. Elise Stefanik's (R-NY) defense of President Donald Trump during public impeachment hearings.

While questioning Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Stefanik made a point of emphasizing delivering military aid to Ukraine requires ensuring that the country is working to root out corruption.

"You testified that you understood that Congress had passed, under the Ukrainian Security Assistance Initiative, a legal obligation to certify that corruption is being addressed?" she asked Vindman.

"That is correct," he replied.

"So for the public listening, we are not just talking about President Trump focusing on anti-corruption in Ukraine," she said. "But it is so critical, so important that when hard-earned taxpayer dollars are given to foreign nations that, by law, overwhelmingly bipartisan support requires anti-corruption in Ukraine in order to get U.S. taxpayer-funded aid."

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman on Tuesday shut down an attempt by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to question his service to his country by reading a glowing performance review given to him by former National Security Council staffer Fiona Hill.

During his questioning, Jordan quoted testimony from fellow impeachment inquiry witness Tim Morrison, who said he "had concerns about Lt. Col. Vindman's judgment" and said those concerns were also shared by Hill.

Jordan asked Vindman why his colleagues would question his judgement -- and the lieutenant colonel proceeded to read directly from Hill's final performance review of his work.

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‘You can hear Republican talking points disintegrating’ during Vindman testimony: CNN’s Toobin

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The testimonies of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and State Department official Jennifer Williams on Tuesday offered damaging accounts of their concerns about President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin came away impressed by the two officials' testimony, and he said they made a significant dent into the Republican Party's strategy to defend Trump.

"There was a sound you can hear during a lot of the testimony today, which was Republican talking points disintegrating, like crystals falling apart," he said.

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