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Video, detailed report released in woman's San Diego Police custody death

Posted at 12:59 PM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 19:50:08-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego County District Attorney’s office released Friday a detailed report and video evidence in the death of a woman arrested by San Diego Police.

Aleah Jenkins, 24, was arrested Nov. 27 on an outstanding warrant for meth possession during a traffic stop in University City.

The video released at a news conference Friday shows Jenkins vomiting in the back of a patrol car. The officer initially called for medical aid but it was called off because Jenkins said her illness was due to pregnancy. That was not true, according to District Attorney Summer Stephan.

There were several points when Jenkins yelled and asked for help in the back of the patrol car.

Officers took Jenkins to SDPD headquarters downtown, where she collapsed. Jenkins was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center and died Dec. 6.

A spokesperson for the Jenkins family said San Diego Police could have prevented Jenkins’ death by getting her help when she said she didn’t feel well.

The autopsy indicated Jenkins had PCP, THC, morphine, and meth in her system, but no injuries which would have caused her death.

District Attorney Summer Stephan said at a news conference Friday that no charges would be filed against the officer who arrested Jenkins after a careful review of the evidence.

"I looked at the fact that at the period of time where he didn't get a prompt response he pulled over he pulled over and physically looked at her,” Stephan said.

Watch the press conference here:

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Jenkins’ family held a protest demanding the release of the autopsy, which was made public in March.