Richmond Heights, MO (KSDK) -- Monday night brought pressure to provide more services for the homeless, including shelters, in St. Louis County.
This comes after Anna Brown, a homeless mother of two, died in the custody of Richmond Heights police in September of 2011.
Larry Rice, Director of his own homeless shelter in downtown St. Louis, wants a homeless shelter to be built in Richmond Heights, and named in Anna Brown's honor.
Monday night, Rice appealed to Richmond Heights' city council members, saying Brown's death is a prime example of why shelters are needed in St. Louis County.
The last hours of Ann Brown's life is documented through a series of surveillance cameras. September 21, 2011 she refused to leave St. Mary's Hospital because of pain in her legs. The Hospital called police, and Brown was arrested for trespassing and disorderly conduct, after doctors approved her fit for confinement.
Later Brown can be seen riding in the back of a Richmond Heights police car.
When she arrives to the station, Brown continues to complain about pain in her legs.
An officer standing outside the police car can be heard saying to Brown, "You going to get out or no? Alright, we'll have to carry you in."
Brown responded by saying, "I can't swing them because they already hurt."
Brown was eventually dragged into a jail cell by several officers, where she was left on the floor. Brown's pain was even more evident as she moaned while lying on the slab floor.
Thirty minutes later, an officer checks on Brown and finds her motionless and unresponsive. Paramedics are called and they attempt to revive her.
Brown is taken back to St. Mary's, where she's pronounced dead. The St. Louis County Medical Examiner says Brown died from blood clots that started in her legs.
"It's too late to continue keep playing the blame game. Was it St. Mary's fault that she died? Was it the police department's fault she died? Let's have something come out of this that's positive and effective," said Rev. Larry Rice, Director of New Life Evangelistic Center, a shelter for the homeless.
Brown's story has touched many, like Rev. Rice, director of New Life Evangelistic Center, a safe haven for the homeless.
Monday night, other homeless woman joined Rice, demonstrating in front of Richmond Heights' City Hall. Rice wants the city to create a homeless shelter named after Anna Brown.
Rice and his group addressed council members and handed out letters citing the proposal.
"There's 90 municipalities in St. Louis County, none of which are taking responsibility. We've got to stop shipping people to downtown St. Louis," said Rice.
Richmond Heights' Mayor, James Beck told the group tonight that he's discussing the homeless issue with County Executive, Charlie Dooley to tackle the problem on a regional level.