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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