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Native American Woman Dies in Jail Begging for Help Officers Told Her to Quit Faking

World  (tags: Sarah Lee Circle Bear, Lakota woman, dies in jail, denied medical care, bond violation )

- 1390 days ago -
Sarah Lee Circle Bear age 24 a Lakota woman was jailed on an alleged bond violation over a suspected DUI charge. Circle Bear was booked into jail and would not leave alive. Sarah was also a mother to two sons ages 1 and 2 never to feel her love again.


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Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 5:48 am
Truly tragic. I hope her family finds out what really happened.
Thank you Dandelion

Animae C (508)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 5:56 am
"Witnesses stated that before being transferred to a holding cell, Circle Bear pleaded to jailers that she was in excruciating pain. Jail staff responded by dismissing her cries for help, telling her to “knock it off,” and “quit faking.” Inmates cried out for the jail staff to help Circle Bear, to which they eventually responded by picking her up off of the floor, dragging her out of the cell and transferring her to a holding cell. Circle Bear was later found unresponsive in the holding cell."

Dandelion i'm so sickened by the repetitive disregard for human life in police custody!!!!!

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 6:14 am
this happens often now - very very very disturbing......thanks for posting Dandelion - VERY sad, condolences to the family, friends, loved ones....and to you, Circle Bear....

Deborah M (155)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 6:28 am
I used to volunteer on the Pine Ridge Reservation and occurunces such as this one are not uncommon. It is good to see focus brought on the issue of ALL minority lives matter. Thank you for the posting.

Anybody else having problems getting news stories to post? My attempts at posting process as if they work and then never show up on the page. This has been going on since early last night CDT.

Bob P (394)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 6:36 am
Sad news ...thank you Dandelion

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 7:05 am
Sad and tragic, and it could so easily have been not so.

Julia Cabrera-Woscek (0)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 8:53 am

Catrin Schuetz-Kroehler (48)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 8:56 am
Another life lost for no reason, this breaks my heart. What is going on, why are we not learning from these mistakes, why are situations like these increasing? Or did this happen with the same frequency before but we just did not get reports about it? Either way this is not acceptable and needs to stop.

Sue H (7)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 9:08 am
Prayers Up for her family. :(

Mike M (8)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 1:27 pm
Sad what America has become a continent of hate

Jeff Creech (64)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 1:29 pm
This is outrageous. I don't know why I didn't hear about it until you posted it here Dandelion. I don't know how to start o petition or anything. I mean, how do they get delivered to the intended recipients? But I think the U.S. Justice Department should definitely look into this. I don't have enough information about this case, but I hope someone who is familiar with it will bring it to the attention of networks or something so it will get the attention it should have.

Jeff Creech (64)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 1:59 pm
Noted, Tweeted and Shared on Facebook.
This Woman's Case Should Be Investigated By The U.S. Justice Department, Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 2:05 pm
Poor woman. This is an absolute disgrace and someone should be made accountable.

John De Avalon (36)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 2:07 pm
Terrible. It seems non-white Americans are treated as second class citizens - and with contempt - by the police....

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 2:10 pm
So many of the deaths in police custody include the element of inappropriate decisions related to medical needs. Makes we wonder whether the race/ethnic distribution of this group is similar to the race/ethnic distribution of those who do not get bail or not. Thanks Dandelion

Vivian F (487)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 2:23 pm
Very sad...prayers for her family.

Athena F (131)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 4:49 pm
Horrible, so sick of the lack-of-empathy-people. NOT OK.

David C (75)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 6:15 pm
sadly noted

Patrick Donovan (344)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 6:21 pm
There are only 3 news stories on Google re this tragic death. Right there is a cold hard fact.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 6:39 pm
Deborah M. yes, I'm having same problem posting as you mentioned. I finally got this and a few other stories up yesterday but I've not been able to get anything on today.

That would be nice if someone could make a petition, isn't something I do, and I'm getting very involved in helping Bernie Sanders now. I did look for one before I posted this and couldn't seem to find one. But if someone finds one or makes one please leave the link on this thread. Thanks.

Most certainly, if her family reads this, I send my deepest sympathy. This didn't need to happen to this young woman. The police are not a Dr. they should of brought her to get medical attention and let the Dr. determine if she was faking it or not. When it comes to a persons health one is cautious and should assume she truly was in pain.

Edith B (146)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 9:27 pm
This should never happen in this country or anywhere else.

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 10:20 pm
There are visible signs when a person is suffering severe pain. The police must be blind. This woman's death is a tragedy that should never have happened.

Frances Darcy (92)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 4:32 am
Outrageous and so sad for her children

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 4:56 am
She may have been very stoic and instead of screaming as a great many lower class Caucasian people would, a reaction the police would recognize as due to severe pain, she may have kept her self control intact and simply told them that she was in pain.This kind of thing happened to my son. I took him to an emergency hospital department because he had an appendicitis and his Appendix was about to burst. There he was kept in the waiting room for eight hours and then seen by an incompetent doctor who could not tell a sever appendicitis from a door handle. He had to wait 14 hours for his operation. The appendix had not burst but fluid was seeping through its severely inflamed wall. It was a miracle that he survived.
The other reason could have been that they have a low regard for indigenous people or for women and believe that, like naughty children, they would be trying to pull the wool over their eyes.

Patrick Donovan (344)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 7:45 am
Here's a more accurate version of my post from above:

"There are only 3 news stories on Google re this tragic death posted prior to July28. She died on June 5. Right there is a cold hard fact."

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 9:39 am
WHY was this not all over tv stations everywhere,because shes' not black? This is so wrong,it should be just as important as anyone else .

M B (62)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 5:40 pm
Horrible, tragic. The police isn't blind - that's just the point !
Poor soul, RIP

Maryann S (112)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 5:44 pm
Sad news. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl Aaron (18)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 5:52 pm
In this country, as per it's justice system, all lives do not matter equally. The DOJ needs to focus on the unequal brutality waged against people of color, particularly Blacks and Native Americans. Americans need to put their racial profiling away and learn that all people are People and no one should be able to kill or allow someone to die without consequences. Being a cop does not give someone the rights of a God...peace.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 6:06 pm
This story just broke my heart. I am feeling very sorry for her two sons who have to grow up without her, and I am sending her family all my love.

Patrick Donovan (344)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 7:03 pm
One more thing re the 3 articles from Google prior to July 28 - 1 of them was her obituary page at the funeral home which handled the burial.

It's a very sad state of affairs when people start comparing which group is more beaten done than another. The Caucasians in this country do need to worry about the day when they are no longer the majority. It is called Karma.

Leslie Stanick (102)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 10:48 pm
too many native people are dying in jails.

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 11:06 pm

Sherri G (128)
Friday July 31, 2015, 12:39 am
Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans are all at risk when arrested, incarcerated, or abused by the so called law in this country. IT MUST STOP NOW. Remember them and do something about it with your vote in 2016. TY Dandelion Noted

Arild Warud (174)
Friday July 31, 2015, 1:30 am
What's happening over there?? Not one week goes by without policeofficers shoot a person for no good reason,choke anotherone and breaks his spine,neglect to put someone on suicidewatch etc etc.Even with bodycams they keep on writing falsified reports."There is something rotten in the USA".

P A (117)
Friday July 31, 2015, 1:42 am
Awful, utterly awful that these men could be so brutal - WTF is WRONG with these men that they behave so?! I hope the investigation leads to prosecutions and jail time. Stars all over the place.

Giana Peranio Paz (398)
Friday July 31, 2015, 2:50 am
Very sad and angering! Just so terrible that these things happen. Only education can solve the problem. Thanks Dandelion.

BackSoon Fowler (33)
Friday July 31, 2015, 3:42 am
Sad news for all involved. It is time that the police protected the people, and were not just seen as thugs. Our justice systems need sorting out. Educating the officers, and empathy is the answer. The police should not act like thugs and should listen to the people in custody.

Thanks Dandelion for the distressing article.

MmAway M (519)
Friday July 31, 2015, 6:56 am
The 'JUSTICE"?????? System has been broken for decades.

Noted with sadness Dande.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 31, 2015, 7:31 am
So sad and a shame this is not on national mainstream media. We have to be able to get these stories out there to the public, there needs to be outrage over this and we must get the word out. Shameful this sort of thing goes on in 2015

SuSanne P (193)
Friday July 31, 2015, 7:41 am
Thank you Dandelion. My Heart cries for the needless loss of this young woman. Whatever the circumstances, no one deserves to loose their life over traffic, or bond offences. I send out condolences to her family and circle of friends.

Winn Adams (179)
Friday July 31, 2015, 8:23 am
This should have made national news. Does her life not matter? It does matter and people should be outraged at what happened to her. Who will care for those babies? Who will tell them about their Mother? This didn't have to happen. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Thank you Sheryl for bring this to the Care2 community.

Gene Jacobson (287)
Friday July 31, 2015, 8:46 am
What is exceptionally sad about this is not only this young woman's death but that the very same thing happens all over the country, far, far too often. This is not the only story like it I have read - nurses saying exactly the same thing to inmates who then die in custody. It seems prevalent at privately run prisons but it happens everywhere from county jails to state run institutions and even once is too much. My heart aches for them all.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday July 31, 2015, 9:41 am
And when your tribal Nation has been abused for so long and genocide placed upon it, one more Lakota who has died is one less for the Nation. Is like being an endangered animal, when there are so few left, each one for the gene pool is critically important.

Mandi T (367)
Friday July 31, 2015, 10:16 am
So sad and tragic.. :(

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday July 31, 2015, 3:16 pm
Noted. Yes, this is horrible and tragic. The cold disregard for human life seems so prevalent these days. Where is compassion? Why are so many heartless people in positions of power? Those "in charge" should be held criminally responsible for loss of life under their watch. Thanks for posting, Dandelion.

Mitchell D (82)
Friday July 31, 2015, 5:18 pm
Arild, what is "going on" here is sickness! We have become a sick, dysfunctional social system.

S J (124)
Friday July 31, 2015, 6:25 pm
'what's wrong with your guys?' I am very sorry for her and her baby. my heart and thought go to her family, friends and all native people.

thank you Dandelion

Pamylle G (458)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 6:38 am
Red Lives Matter ! ALL BEINGS "matter" !

Anne P (174)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 8:18 am
So sad ... my heart goes out to her family and tribe. Thanks for informing us, Sheryl! Native American Lives Matter Too!

Don H (45)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 9:10 am
This is horrible.

Thank you, Dandelion.

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 10:10 am
This story breaks my heart. It is perhaps sadder than other offenses against African Americans only because Native Americans do not have the numbers to protest enough to raise the awareness of all of America. Perhaps the upside of the attention that offenses against blacks has gotten recently is that the same kinds of offenses will be more visible for any minority who suffers the outrageous actions of white police or any authority. I do hope we as a people become incensed enough to protest hate crimes no matter who is on either side of the crime--perpetrator or victim. It is all heartbreaking.

Diane K (134)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 11:20 am
This isn't fair treatment for anyone. Sorry to hear of her loss. thanks

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 1:46 pm
No it isn't but this has been going on with native people since the beginning of the invasion upon this land. Those of other heritages might not always be treated well but they don't always face the hate of years of embedded hate upon a certain people.

Judy C (91)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 8:30 pm
There really are no words to match the sad and disturbing nature of this woman's death. I hope the family is able to get an attorney who will relentlessly pursue this matter until justice is done! Thanks Dandelion.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 4, 2015, 7:47 pm
ALL lives matter.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Wednesday August 5, 2015, 11:25 am
What is so sad is that this country cannot continue on this path of death to innocents. A great nation should know how to care for those who cannot help themselves. To do otherwise is to see this country of promise become a country of indifference.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday August 5, 2015, 3:17 pm
Well said Robert.

Janice S (135)
Tuesday August 11, 2015, 7:40 pm
How tragic! Is there a petition regarding this? Officers who were responsible should be held accountable!

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 8:34 am
I have not been able to find one. But if someone wants to make one on C2 I'll support it and help to spread it.

Gina Caracci (219)
Monday August 24, 2015, 6:14 pm
Im sick and tired of this!!!
People really need to wake up, lift their heads up from staring at their phones and demand change for ALL of us but esp for those that have been forgotten or brushed off.
No one cares about anything unless it affects them (except people like us I mean) and its disgusting.

Im sorry for her and her family. They need to get this all over the news somehow.

Leanne B (46)
Saturday September 5, 2015, 3:30 pm
Thanks Dandelion. This is very sad news. The children of hers are the biggest losers here. They lost the love of their beautiful mother too young to remember her hugs and kisses. That is sad.
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