Family asks for answers in the death of Sheneque Proctor

BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — It has been two months since Sheneque Proctor was arrested by Bessemer Police and died while in their custody.

Two months later, no one in the Proctor family has been given an answer to what happened the evening of November 1st and into the morning of November 2nd.

“We don’t come here saying that they did anything wrong,” Benard Simelton, president of the Birmingham NAACP chapter, said. “We have questions that we can’t get answers to.”

When speaking with WIAT 42 News, Proctor’s family says they have called Bessemer Police for weeks, asking for answers, seeking meetings with officials, and attempting to get Sheneque’s belongings back. All of the above have been unsuccessful.

“We deserve answers. Her baby deserve answers,” Traunda Johnson, Sheneque Proctor’s cousin, said. “Y’all are coming up with a different story every time you look up.”

According to police, Sheneque’s death is ruled an overdose, but her family doesn’t believe that because of how long she was alive in police custody before she died.

The family says they have hired a lawyer to work on their behalf to set up meetings and get answers from police, including a video of the arrest they say was promised to them by January 5th.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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