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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 McCraw, who said the officer's actions during the traffic stop with Bland violated department standards. McCraw met with Encinia on Feb. 5 and oversaw months of investigation.

"I have carefully considered all the points raised by you in our meeting,” McCraw wrote in his...

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