Tucson, AZ – A crowd of about 60 people slowly converged on the empty plaza and parking lots of Pima County Jail Friday night. At moments the event seemed less like a protest and more like the funeral processions of six fallen youths that converged in a single place and erupted into a furious, atonal chorus of grief and anger.
A sixth rally will be held at Pima County Jail, May 6, to spread awareness, mourn, and build connection. 12 people died in the jail since January 2021, some within a week of going in. “We have to keep coming out so that change is made,” said Julissa Madero whose boyfriend Jacob Miranda, 22, died in the jail in October 2021. Join Us!
On April 12, Hector Daniel Sandoval’s mother called the mental health crisis line. Instead of help, TPD showed up and took him to Pima County Jail. Getting Hector out NOW could be the difference between life and death. Call-In and Demand Hector’s Release!
In 2021, 11 Individuals, Including Young Cee-Jay (Cruz Patino), Sadly Lost Their Life In Pima County Jail. HELP! “Shine A Light” On Pima County Jail & Their Unjust, Negligent, & Unsafe Policies, Procedures, & Staff Conduct. Sign The Petition!
The Pima County jail reported a decade-high number of deaths in 2021. Amid scrutiny the Sheriff’s Department is facing for the deaths and outcry from advocates and family members of deceased inmates, Supervisor Matt Heinz put a discussion with Sheriff Nanos on the Pima County Board of Supervisors Tuesday’s agenda.
More than 150 people gathered at the Pima County Jail Friday, February 11, 2022 in protest of the deaths occurring in the jail. 21 people have died in the jail in 26 months.
A protest was held outside of the Pima County Adult Detention Complex on Friday, February 11, 2022 following the deaths of twelve people in the jail since January 2021. The protest fell on the birthday of Cruz Patino Jr. III, who died in the jail in August 2021.
In 2021, one person died in Pima County Jail approximately every 31 days – the majority of them young men of color “found unresponsive in their cells.” As of Feb 2, 2022, two more young men of color have already died in the jail.
In the early hours of May 30, 2021, Justin Crook had a seizure on his way home from work. When Tucson Police (TPD) officers arrived on the scene, they ran Crook’s name, found he had a warrant for a probation violation and several misdemeanors, and arrested him. Less than 24 hours later, Justin Crook, 29, was found dead in cell #13 of the Pima County Adult Detention Complex.
On Saturday, November 4, 2021, protest was called by a coalition of individuals and groups in Tucson who are concerned about the effect that law enforcement and their violence have on our communities. about 150 people who came with their own goals and intentions, drawn together by the common cause of holding the Tucson Police Department (TPD) and the Pima County Sheriffs to account for their actions. Submitted by Anonymous. Originally published on Living and Fighting.