Artists weigh in on the death of Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland was a 28-year-old Chicago woman who was arrested in Texas and found dead in her jail cell three days later. Bland's death has sparked even more conversation around the topic of police brutality, it's even added to the ongoing national outcry on and offline, including hashtags like #JusticeForSandraBland, #IfIDieInPoliceCustody, and #SayHerName. On July 23rd, Nicki Minaj joined the conversation and took to Instagram to encourage her fans to learn more about her. Minaj also posted video of Bland's arrest saying, "Rest In Peace #SandraBland". According to NBC News, a prosecutor spoke to reporters on Thursday to say that "medical examiners ruled the death of Sandra Bland a suicide by hanging, and the autopsy uncovered no evidence of a violent struggle." Aside from the suspicions that Bland's death wasn't a suicide, many people are angry over the inconsistency within the story. Bland told jailers she had attempted suicide last year and that she had struggled with depression before, but they did not put her on suicide watch, call a mental health expert to speak to her or follow mandatory procedures to protect Bland while in custody. Nicki Minaj is not the only artist tweeting or speaking about Sandra Bland, Vic Mensa tweeted, "i find it fucked up that the only people who can really investigate #sandrabland murder are part of the same system that killed her". Even Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to draw attention to the death of Sandra Bland saying, "#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!" The death of Sandra Bland, among multiple others, is drawing national attention once again to the subject of race and police brutality against POC. By Devon Pyne for RAPstation.com