SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A group of people staged a sit-in at the San Diego Police Department’s downtown headquarters Thursday to protest the handling of a case of a woman who died after being taken into police custody last year.
The group, which included the mother of 24-year-old Aleah Jenkins, carried out their protest at SDPD HQ to demand the release of the Medical Examiner’s report on her death.
As of Thursday, an official cause of Jenkins’ death has not been released.
On Nov. 27, 2018, police arrested Jenkins during a traffic stop in University City. Police determined Jenkins was wanted on an outstanding warrant for meth possession and took her into custody.
Jenkins appeared to be ill and vomited at the traffic stop, prompting officers to call for paramedics. However, according to police, Jenkins said she had an upset stomach, and officers canceled the ambulance call. Jenkins was then taken to downtown headquarters to be processed for booking.
While at SDPD HQ, police said Jenkins passed out. Medical aid was administered, and she was then rushed to the UC San Diego Medical Center for further treatment.
Nine days after her arrest and hospitalization, Jenkins died.
Police said they believe Jenkins may have suffered a drug overdose.