Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African American woman, was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13, 2015, three days after being arrested during a traffic stop. She was a Black Lives Matter activist and her powerful/ positive Facebook videos strengthened many. Sandra Bland’s death, which was ruled a Suicide, was followed by protests against her arrest, disputing the cause of death, and alleging racial violence against her.
Sandra Bland was pulled over for a traffic violation on July 10 by state trooper Brian Encinia. The exchange escalated, resulting in Bland's arrest and charge for assaulting a police officer. The arrest was partially recorded by Encinia’s dash cam and by a bystander's cell phone. After authorities reviewed the dashcam footage, Encinia was placed on administrative leave for failing to follow proper traffic stop procedures. Miss Bland was assaulted and placed under arrest for bogus charges and ended up dead several days later. They claim she hung herself with a trash bag and said she did it because she had cannabis in her system. Either Miss Bland is the first person to ever die from cannabis, or someone is lying.
Texas authorities and the FBI conducted an investigation into Bland's death, however we see no white saviors like in "Mississippi Burning” . In fact nothing ever really happened or was figured out. But sentiment amount most in the community was, that African Americans do not typically hang themselves.
The FBI determined the Waller County jail did not follow required policies, including time checks on inmates and ensuring that employees had completed required mental health training. In December 2015, a grand jury declined to indict the county sheriff and jail staff for a felony relating to Bland's death. In January 2016, Encinia was indicted for perjury for making false statements about the circumstances surrounding Bland's arrest and he was subsequently fired by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
In September 2016, Bland's mother settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the county jail and police department for $1.9 million and some procedural changes. In June 2017, the perjury charge against Encinia was dropped in return for his agreement to end his law enforcement career.
The street she was pulled over on has since been named after her. We have Sandra Bland Ave. and the Sandra Bland Act, a piss poor piece of legislation meant to imply she had mental health issues and wasn’t murdered. While we have these things we no longer have Sandra Bland. Sandy Still Speaks.
*The video below includes some footage from McKinney, Tx and Waller County.
In this image from Mckinney Texas we see a white man laying in the exact spot where officer Eric Casebolt slammed a 14 yo African American girl in a bikini. He is holding signs that say, "We stand united " and " Justice for all". No one saw this man show up or leave he must have been there for 8 hours not moving an inch or saying one word. This should have been on the front page of the New York Times.