HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) - Homewood police say an 18-year-old woman who died in jail last week in an alleged suicide had been arrested on robbery charges.
Police confirmed Kindra Chapman was arrested for first degree robbery on July 14, but they aren't releasing any other details about the alleged robbery or her arrest.
The police department said Chapman was found in her cell "with a bed sheet tied around her neck in an attempted suicide attempt" at 7:42 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14.
The Jefferson County District Attorney's office is reviewing Chapman's death.
Homewood police issued the following statement in an email at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21:
Around 15 to 20 people with the Black Lives Matter group in Birmingham held a rally outside the Homewood City Jail on Tuesday morning, chanting "No Justice, No Peace."
Several of the group members wore bed sheets around their necks to symbolize how police say Kindra Chapman died.
Chapman's family says they don't believe the 18-year-old would have committed suicide.
"She everything to live for. She had family to live for. She had unconditional love from all around, not just from the family but outside the community and inside the community. She would never do nothing like that. She was happy," her aunt, Leslie Chapman, said.
Kindra's cousin Otis Chapman said he was outside the jail so his cousin's death wouldn't get "swept up under the rug." He says there are still several unanswered questions surrounding her death.
Leslie Chapman compared Kindra's death to the death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Texas woman who police said hanged herself after being jailed after a controversial traffic stop. Bland's death is under investigation.
The group and family members also asked Sgt. Andrew Didcoct, the Homewood PD spokesman, several questions about the case but he referred all questions to the Jefferson County District's Office.
Around 12 Homewood police officers stood guard around the jail, trying to keep the peace as the protest became heated around 8:30 a.m. The group moved across the street after police told them they couldn't block traffic in the road.
The Black Lives Matter group left the front of the jail around 9 a.m.
Tuesday afternoon, Homewood police said six of the protesters, two females and four males, had been arrested for disorderly conduct and for blocking traffic at Highway 31 and 29th Avenue South. They said one of the males was tased. They are being held at the Homewood City Jail on a $500 bond.
John Bowers with the Jefferson County District Attorney's office said it's standard procedure for their office to review any death in a penal facility in Jefferson County.
Bowers said they are in the process of reviewing materials from Homewood police, including reports, interviews and jail surveillance video.
A review could take several days, and after that, according to Bowers, they will send a letter to Homewood police sharing their findings.
Possible outcomes could include a finding of no wrongdoing, or a recommendation that the case be heard by a grand jury.
Meanwhile, an online petition asking for more information about Chapman's death is gaining followers.
The petition at www.change.org, asks for "immediate full disclosure on the alleged suicide of Kindra Darnell Chapman" and also, "a full accounting of all of the interactions between Kindra Darnell Chapman and the Homewood Police Department."
As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the petition had over 1,600 online signatures of support.
At 4:33 p.m., the Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls released this statement:
"My office is in the process of reviewing the investigation into the death of Kindra Chapman while she was in custody at the Homewood City Jail. We have received the reports of the offense that led to her arrest, the reports from the officers on duty the evening of her death, and the report of the investigating detective. We have received the statement of a witness who was in the custody of Homewood Police that same evening, and we have receive the video surveillance recordings from several cameras in and around the Homewood City Jail.
At this time, we are awaiting the final autopsy report from the Jefferson County Coroner's Office, which will include a toxicology report. I have spoken with the coroner's office and received preliminary information about the cause of death. At this time, we have reviewed the coroner's information, the inmate's statement, the investigative reports, and the video that shows the events that occurred inside of the jail cell where Ms. Chapman was being held. It will take additional time to review all of the videos. After we have received the final autopsy report and completed our review, my office will issue a statement concerning our findings in this matter.
At this time, I am prepared to issue a preliminary statement concerning the investigation, but my office has been unable to speak with the family of Kindra Chapman or the attorneys who represent the family. I do not feel that it would be appropriate to release any information until I have spoken with the family about the investigation. Attempts have been made to contact the family and the attorneys, and I am awaiting a response from them."