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  • Texas trooper pleads not guilty in Sandra Bland case

    Texas trooper pleads not guilty in Sandra Bland case

    Officially, the legal issue at hand was a misdemeanor charge of perjury. But in many ways the day’s proceedings also concerned Sandra Bland, the black woman whose death in jail last summer fueled criticism of police and their treatment of minorities. Former Texas state Trooper Brian T. Encinia,...

  • Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland is fired for handling of case

    Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland is fired for handling of case

    Officials announced that they have fired the Texas state trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland, whose death in jail last summer fueled criticism of police and their treatment of minorities. Trooper Brian T. Encinia, 30, was formally fired Wednesday by Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve...

  • Texas grand jury finds no cause for indictment in Sandra Bland case

    Texas grand jury finds no cause for indictment in Sandra Bland case

    A grand jury in Texas has decided no felony was committed by the sheriff's office or jailers in connection with the death last summer of Sandra Bland, in effect ruling it a suicide, prosecutors said Monday. Bland, 28, was found hanged by a plastic bag in her jail cell three days after she was arrested...

  • Sandra Bland's family cites 'plethora of questions,' files suit over her death in Texas jail

    Sandra Bland's family cites 'plethora of questions,' files suit over her death in Texas jail

    Sandra Bland's family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Waller County Sheriff's Office, jail officials and the Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday to seek answers and accountability for her death in a county jail cell last month. “Candidly, we were unable to get many of the answers...

  • Trooper in Sandra Bland arrest once warned for conduct

    Trooper in Sandra Bland arrest once warned for conduct

    The Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after a confrontation that began with a traffic stop was once cautioned about "unprofessional conduct" in a 2014 incident while he was still a probationary trooper, according to his personnel file. Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, was found dead...

  • Officials in Texas, alleging death threats, release new Sandra Bland jail video

    Officials in Texas, alleging death threats, release new Sandra Bland jail video

    Texas officials released new video on Tuesday showing that Sandra Bland was alive while she was processed in the Waller County Jail, a move designed to dispel social media rumors that the woman was mistreated or mortally harmed before she was placed in the Texas jail cell where officials say she...

  • What happened to Sandra Bland before she died in a Texas jail?

    What happened to Sandra Bland before she died in a Texas jail?

    On July 9, Sandra Bland was all smiles. The 28-year-old Illinois native made a series of excited phone calls to friends and family, celebrating what she thought was a successful interview for a job at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, her alma mater. On July 10, Bland made a very different...

  • Panel to review Sandra Bland case for D.A.; lab report confirms marijuana

    Panel to review Sandra Bland case for D.A.; lab report confirms marijuana

    Sandra Bland, whose death while in a Texas jail cell set off protests, had marijuana in her system, officials said Monday in releasing a toxicology report on her death. Waller County Dist. Atty. Elton Mathis also announced that a panel of lawyers will help his office make decisions on the case,...

  • A sign for Sandra Bland: 'Signal lane change or sheriff may kill you'

    A sign for Sandra Bland: 'Signal lane change or sheriff may kill you'

    The sign was homemade, all but two words written in black on white strips of paper attached to a wrought iron fence facing University Drive, the gateway to Prairie View A&M University.“Signal lane change or sheriff may kill you,” it said. “Kill you” was written in red.Sandra Bland had come to the...

  • At Sandra Bland's funeral, a mother's call to action

    At Sandra Bland's funeral, a mother's call to action

    Sandra Bland's mother was the last to speak at her daughter's funeral. Geneva Reed-Veal’s voice didn't break as she addressed the hundreds before her; she didn't shed any tears. She spoke clearly and decisively, determined to raise a call to action with each word.“I'm the mama, and I'm telling...

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