The Case of Sandra Bland

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Sandra Bland was a young black woman who was pulled over during a traffic stop in a Texas town. She was on her way to a new job as a college outreach worker when police stopped and arrested her. She was thrown into jail and was soon found hanging by a plastic trash bag, dead.

Police reports say that it’s a case of suicide, that she took her own life for unknown reasons. However, a lot of people, including her family, are skeptical about this. For instance, why would someone who landed a new job kill herself? Activists and family members want an independent investigation into her death as they suspect that it wasn’t suicide but murder.

Police say she assaulted the officer that stopped her, but dashcam video footage says otherwise. A recent video has surfaced that captured the whole situation going down. USA Today reports:

The release of the 52-minute dash-cam footage came hours after the Waller County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video from inside the county jail the morning Bland, 28, of Naperville, Ill., was found dead in her cell, three days after the traffic stop in Prairie View, Texas, about 50 miles northwest of Houston.

The dash camera shows Trooper Brian Encinia immediately ordering Bland out of her car when she refused, about 9 minutes and 25 seconds, into the video.

“Step out or I will remove you,” he said repeatedly, opening the driver’s door as she protested.

“OK, let’s do this,” Bland can be heard saying, as Encinia reached in and grabbed her. “Don’t touch me!”

“I’m going to drag you out of here,” Encinia said, unholstering what appears to be his Taser and pointing it at Bland.

“Get out of the car! I will light you up!” he shouted in anger.

Bland then got out, saying, “Wow, wow, all of this for a failure to signal.”

The trooper ordered her to the sidewalk, out of view of his dash-cam, and handcuffed Bland, who continues to protest her arrest. She complained about the handcuffs being too tight, and some kind of struggle can be heard on the audio.

Sandra Bland was one of an ever-growing list of black people that died at the hands of the police. All eyes are focused on this case and it unfolds.

Stay tuned…

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12 thoughts on “The Case of Sandra Bland

  1. Why would she have to exit the vehicle if it was just a routine traffic stop? Why would she kill herself? This story just doesn’t add up but yet any question you ask they have a “answer” fpr

  2. The death of Sandra Bland has all sort of wrong in it.

    I’ve read where Ava Duvernay and a L.A.times reporter are questioning the authenticity of that tape and judging by looking at it I can see why.

    After looking at it, I’m not convinced of the cops innocence. Unless the news outlets isn’t showing all that we’ve been looking at or changed the footage themselves, it’s not showing me nothing. What’s more baffling are 1) If she was suppose to commit suicide why was she preparing to go on an new job? and more so, how did she did she get a hold to a plastic bag? I’ve visited a friend in jail before and unless the the police half-did their jobs in screening visitors/inmates and is too blind to see a plastic bad,how did she manage to get one? I

    It was also said that Sandra had PTSD..which is classified as a form of a psychological problem and if she was suidicial, she should have never gotten access to anything she could have used..plastic bags included..to harm harm herself. That is what mental health hospitals/residential treatment centers do to people who they feel might inflict harm to themselves and/or someone else. Jails/prisons are supposed to do the same .

    I’m not buying any of it and the record that the sheriif has with race, I wouldn’t be surprised if he had her killed and died by one of his staff..or maybe him putting the bag over her head.

  3. Rest In Power (and peace) Sandra Bland..I just loved how this woman told this punk azz “law enforcer” the Truth about his sorry self, and I am praying that this case is monumental in not only justice and healing for her fam n’ friends, but also for Black and other POC on a worldwide basis too!!! Fingers crossed..

  4. I wonder where are all the screaming mimi holier thans crying out when this was Rhianna and Janay Rice? Now they are silent gee can’t imagine why!

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