NY MtF Transgender Found Dead In Rikers Island Jail Cell
Several advocacy groups are coming together, demanding a full investigation after a transgender woman was found dead in her cell at Rikers Island. Layleen Polanco, 27, was arrested on April 16th for allegedly assaulting a cab driver in Harlem and having a controlled substance. While at Rikers, officials say they found Polanco unresponsive in her cell on Saturday afternoon. Despite CPR efforts to revive her, she was pronounced dead an hour later. Officials say, so far it does not appear foul play was an issue.