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Kim Chase's death raises more questions about the Southwestern police precinct

Kim Chase's death raises more questions about the Southwestern police precinct

Kim Chase, a 52-year-old African American woman, died on April 20 after collapsing in the Southwest District precinct, where she was brought by officers.

Chase is the second person to die after being hauled into the Southwest in the last three years. In 2014, Tyree Woodson died after officers said he shot himself with a gun he smuggled into the station. Like the death of Woodson, Chase’s death raises a number of questions about the practice of bringing detainees to be questioned, or debriefed, in station houses that do not have the kind of protocols and oversight of Central Booking.

"There was no use of force in this case, but just because there was no use of force...

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