The death of a young protester against racism is under investigation after she suffered cardiac arrest two days after she was exposed to tear gas and pepper spray.
Ohio coffee shop worker Sarah Grossman, 22, was not found by her family for just two days after she was reportedly gunned down by protesters by police at a George Floyd meeting in Columbus, USA, on May 28.
Ms. Grossman’s father told the Montgomery County coroner’s office on May 31 that his daughter was “exposed to tear gas and pepper spray,” who was “fired by the police as part of the crowd.”
Dayton Daily News reports that an autopsy revealed that she had a heart attack when she was rushed to Sycamore hospital and that the cause of her death is being investigated.
The findings are expected in a few weeks.
Her death was initially reported as a suspected overdose, but no toxicological screening has been completed, and her family strongly denies any history of drug abuse.
However, she had an allergy to peanuts, the newspaper reported.
Grossman’s sister has said online that she thinks she died of respiratory problems.
Robin Davis, a Montgomery County spokeswoman, said, “The police used gases that night to spread the crowds.
We have not received an official complaint, nor have Montgomery County investigators spoken to Columbus police.
“Again, we encourage everyone who was with her during the protest or on May 29 or 30 before going to Sycamore to speak with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office or (the Columbus Police Department),” she added.
In her death notice, her family paid tribute to the young graduate who was a passionate environmentalist.
They said, “It is impossible to find the words that describe her kindness, unique spirit and unwavering dedication to her beliefs.
Sarah was a fierce but compassionate advocate for environmental and social justice issues.
“A true friend who loved and cherished her extraordinary friendships. She was the most caring and thoughtful daughter, a much-loved granddaughter and a loving brother and sister and her sister Jessa’s best friend. ‘
George Floyd’s death on May 25 has sparked protests in the U.S. and capitals around the world over systemic racism and police brutality.