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.
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.
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.
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 committed suicide.
The autopsy of Sandra Bland, whose death touched off a furor among activists after her body was found in a Texas jail cell, showed that her injuries were consistent with suicide and she did not have wounds indicating she was the victim of a violent homicide, officials said Thursday.
Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas cell three days after her arrest during a traffic stop, told jailers that she had previously tried to commit suicide by taking pills because she had lost a baby, according to booking documents released Wednesday.
The video of Sandra Bland’s arrest, shot from the dashboard camera inside a police cruiser, shows a contentious confrontation between the officer and the woman who died three days later in a Texas jail cell.