On July 13, 2015 28-year-old Sandra Bland was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas. She was initially thrown in jail because of an alleged traffic stop that occurred three days before her death. Dash cam footage shows Bland and Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia had a normal conversation at first but then things got heated when Encina asked Bland to put out her cigarette and she refused.
In the video, Encinia told Bland that she was under arrest. You can hear her repeatedly asking why and Encinia’s only response was “I am giving you a lawful order.” In the video you can see the State Trooper throw Bland to the ground, bend her wrist, and you can hear her say “you are hurting me.”
Bland’s death in jail was ruled a suicide but that was hard for her family to believe considering the fact that she wasn’t “suicidal.” It is believed that her altercation with Encinia somehow played a key role in her death.
Reported on USA Today, “the grand jury decided not to charge anyone at the jail in Bland’s death, but Encinia was charged with perjury and fired.”
Last week, according to CNN, “Sandra Bland’s family has reached a $1.9 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit, the family’s attorney said Thursday. The settlement includes compensation for Bland’s death as well as several changes to jail procedures in Waller County, Texas.”