She tells him that she is epileptic. This is confirmed by police dashcam video footage, in which the officer responds "Good," after Bland informs him of her condition. In the video, Encinia orders the bystander to leave the area. Sandra Bland also recorded the arrest on her own cell phone; that video became public inand was not part of the civil trial evidence. DPS stated that Bland was arrested because she kicked Encinia.
After her arrest, Bland told her sister that the arresting officer had pushed his knees into her back, and that she feared her arm was broken. According to a statement from the jail officials, she had been given multiple opportunities to find someone who could post bond including a man she was staying with in Texas who "ignored her calls". Her bondsman also made several attempts to secure bail. They Come Come Come - Annette Bland - Come Come Come (Vinyl) the footage was being released to dispel rumors and conspiracy theories, including that she was dead before she arrived at the jail and that her mug shot was taken after her death.
Alexandria Pyle, an inmate held in the adjacent cell, later told the media that Bland seemed "sort of distraught", Come Come Come - Annette Bland - Come Come Come (Vinyl) very emotional, and was crying frequently. Pyle, who spoke to Bland through a tiny chute, said Bland was upset that her friend had not come to bail her out.
Pyle stated that she never heard any loud noise or commotion that would indicate foul play in Bland's death. Police stated that at a. Cantrell stated that Bland was informed she could use the phone in her cell with a PINbut stated there was no record Bland made any call. The next day, shortly after noon, police issued a statement that Bland had been found dead in her cell, and that they believed she had hanged herself. On July 20one week after Bland's death, authorities released video from a motion-activated camera in the hallway outside Bland's cell.
An autopsy conducted by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science concluded that Bland died through asphyxiationand classified her death as a suicide. An initial toxicology report released by the Harris County medical examiner's office found "a remarkably high concentration" of THC for someone who had been in jail for three days, leading to speculation that Bland may have had access to marijuana while in jail. Waller County assistant district attorney, Warren Diepraam said that it was more likely that Bland had ingested a very large amount of marijuana prior to her arrest.
A toxicologist for the Tarrant County medical examiner's office agreed, indicating a THC level as high as Bland's suggests she "either had access to the drug in jail or she was a consistent user of the drug and her body had accumulated THC to the point that it was slowly releasing it over time.
Family and friends called for an independent autopsy, and stated that it was unlikely Bland would have killed herself. In March, Bland posted a video to her Facebook page in which she said was suffering from "a little bit of depression as well as PTSD ".
Cannon Lambert, the family's lawyer, stated that Bland's March post gave little indication of her mindset around the time of her death. A friend who spoke with Bland while she was in jail said she was upbeat despite the arrest: "It just makes no sense.
Sandy was a soldier; she wasn't fazed about it. In the two days after authorities announced her death, 31, people tweeted using the hashtag SandraBland, and an online petition launched calling for an investigation of Bland's death. On July 17about protesters gathered outside the Hempstead jail, chanting " No justice, no peace ", and "We demand answers.
By July 29, at least twelve protests had been held for Bland around the country. Protesters also asked why Bland had been stopped, and alleged racial profiling. Bland's death resulted in protests, and calls for investigation by family, friends and others including Rep.
Eric Zornwriting for the Chicago Tribunecriticized Encinia for his handling of the traffic stop, calling him a "petty tyrant" and referring to his "Are you done? However, he also said Bland was unnecessarily argumentative, writing: "[Y]ou must always defer meekly to the police.
Even when they're acting like bullies, goading you or issuing you preposterous orders like to put out your cigarette as you sit in your own car, don't challenge their authority. And if you feel your rights are being violated, take it up later with a judge.
On August 13about 25 heavily armed members of the New Black Panther Party rallied at a Texas jail to protest Bland's death and expressed their rage at police. No arrests were made.
Encinia was placed on administrative duties for violating procedures for traffic stops,   and was terminated by DPS following his indictment on perjury charges.
Glenn Smith, who runs the jail in which Bland died, has been placed in charge of Waller County's investigation into her death. According to CNNa report from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, published on July 16found that Waller County jail "guards violated policies by failing to do timely checks on inmates", which should be hourly.
On July 22county officials produced intake forms that they say indicate Bland had earlier attempted suicide. One form indicates Bland had contemplated suicide within the past year, while another says she did not. After a white male prisoner hanged himself with a bedsheet inTexas state inspectors had also cited procedural failings by Waller County Jail's staff.
Glenn Smith, the Waller County sheriff, stated that the jail staff may face disciplinary actions for their failures of not putting Bland on a suicide watch, not personally checking on her, and leaving the plastic bag that was fashioned into a noose. He said the actions "could range from suspensions to transfers to terminations". An inspection inseveral years after Bland's death, showed that the Waller County jail was again not monitoring inmates correctly.
All inmates were supposed to be monitored face-to-face at least hourly, jail staff exceeded that by two and a half hours. Certain inmates, including those who are assaultive or potentially suicidal, should be monitored every half-hour. That limit was exceeded by 74 minutes. In Marchdocuments obtained from the forensic lab that performed Bland's autopsy suggested that the time of death was not that which was originally reported by official investigations and that this could raise questions about the validity of the original investigation.
A report by the Harris County forensic investigator contradicted the official report of the Waller County Sheriff's Department about details of the condition of the body. In addition, the documents Come Come Come - Annette Bland - Come Come Come (Vinyl) the time guards last observed Bland alive in her cell did not agree with the security video footage from the jail where Bland was detained, leaving a discrepancy of an hour. Brandon Wood, director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, said that the failure to observe inmates hourly as required by standards "could be criminal in nature.
Bland's mother Geneva Reed-Veal is a member of the Mothers of the Movementbringing attention to police reform, Bland's story and the grief process of losing a child. The events surrounding Bland's death form the basis for much of Malcolm Gladwell 's sixth book Talking to Strangers. Sandra Bland's Come Come Come - Annette Bland - Come Come Come (Vinyl) returned to the public's attention in when her cell phone video became public for the first time.
In Decembera county grand jury declined to issue an indictment in connection to Bland's death. A special prosecutor said that "the case is still open", and that the grand jury would meet again in January to discuss other aspects.
The charge resulted from his statement in an affidavit that his reason for removing Bland from her car was "to further conduct a safe traffic investigation". The grand jury found that statement to be false, according to a special prosecutor. Hours after the indictment was announced, DPS said they had begun the process to terminate Encinia's employment as a state trooper. His attorney said that he would appeal his termination, while Bland's family called for more serious criminal charges including battery and false arrest.
On June 28,a judge granted a motion by prosecutors to dismiss the perjury charge against Encinia. In return, Encinia agreed that he would "never seek, accept or engage in employment in any capacity with law enforcement"  in Texas or elsewhere. Bland's family filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit, and a jury trial in that case was scheduled for January Details remained to be worked out and the agreement still awaited court approval.
Texas Senate Billalso known as the Sandra Bland Act, went into effect on September 1,and mandated change to corrections and police policy when dealing with those with substance abuse or mental health concerns. Police officers are required to complete comprehensive racial profiling training and forty hours of de-escalation training.
Law enforcement agencies will maintain records documenting race or ethnicity of all persons detained and whether the officer knew the individual's race or ethnicity prior to being detained. In addition, police officers will undergo training to limit uses of force. All law enforcement agencies are required to provide education to the public concerning complaint procedures.
County jails are required to collect information used to make a determination of mental illness or intellectual disability. A written assessment of collected information will be submitted to a magistrate and mental health expert if a potential substance abuse, mental illness or intellectual disability exists. If need arises and is reasonable, pending charges may be suspended and an individual may be diverted to a treatment facility.
In the event of a death in custody, the custodial agency will begin an investigation until a representative of an outside agency is on scene. In addition, electronic monitoring will be in place to ensure timely security checks for the welfare of those incarcerated.
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