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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.

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.

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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.

“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.”

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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.

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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Furious Dem lawmaker blows up on Trump over his Iran war escalation: ‘What the hell did he think was going to happen?’

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On Saturday, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), a 2020 candidate for president, told MSNBC's Alex Witt that the rapidly escalating tensions between the United States and Iran are President Donald Trump's fault — and explained how he would do things differently if he is elected.

"Before we get to the debate, I just want to ask you, if you were the president right now, how would you be addressing the situation with Iran?" asked Witt. "Do you think you would try to de-escalate the tensions and move forward in some fashion? Have you given some thought to that?"

"Of course you want to de-escalate it," said Ryan. "The war in the Middle East at this point, in addition to what's going on in Iraq and Syria and all of the other activity there, would be a disaster."

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Trump’s ‘devastating’ internal polls are a red flag that he’s doomed in 2020: political analyst

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On Saturday, The Nation writer John Nichols told MSNBC that President Donald Trump's new internal polls showing him losing key states are "devastating" — and show why his path to re-election may be slipping out of his grasp.

"I would just emphasize these polls are more than a wake-up call. They're pretty devastating numbers," said Nichols. "We can get excited about a close race in Texas or even some good numbers out of Florida. But remember that for Donald Trump, the key is the Great Lakes states."

"What these internal polls tell us parallels what we're seeing from publicly done polling in those regions," said Nichols. "Two things very significant. Number one, there is an energized Democratic base, more energized, it appears, than 2016. And additionally one subset of this that's a really big deal, major issue for Trump, and that is that in the rural areas where Democrats severely underperformed in 2016, it's what we are seeing in the public polls and I suspect top line numbers from what we're seeing in other places suggest we're seeing rural areas begin to tick back up for Democrats going to that 40 percent number."

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Trump is now openly soliciting foreign intelligence agencies to join the ‘Trump team’ for the 2020 election: Ex-intel officer

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On MSNBC's "AM Joy," former Navy officer and security expert Malcolm Nance laid into President Donald Trump for saying that he'd happily accept campaign dirt from hostile foreign powers, just months after the conclusion of the two-year-long federal investigation into Russia's efforts to sabotage the 2016 presidential election.

"Isn't it the case that not just Russians but any foreign government fully understands that ... Russia got away with attacking our election last time, what you wrote about in two books, and that they ought to just try it again at least?" asked host Joy Reid. "Because this president is open to it and his attorney general is open to it."

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