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Family Looks for Answers after Queer Woman Dies in Police Custody

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Irene Chavez following her death while in custody at a police station in Chicago in December. She’s one of two women to die in police custody in recent months.Chavez, 33, was detained December 17 after a bar fight at the city’s Jeffrey Pub, according to ABC News.

She had been belligerent during processing at the station. Chavez informed officers she was a veteran and had PTSD. In the early hours of December 18, Chavez was found hanging in her cell.In the incident report, authorities say Chavez was shouting in her holding cell.

Eventually, she stopped, and after five minutes of silence, an officer checked on her. It's then that police found her hanging with barely a pulse, ABC News reports.Video in the release shows the officers attempting CPR.

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