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.