Sandra Bland Drove to Texas to Start a New Job, so How Did She End Up Dead in Jail?
Sandra Bland 28 BF Waller County Texas July 13, 2015 – Bland was pulled over Friday for improper signaling a lane change, according to Waller County Sheriff’s Department officials. They say she was charged with “Assault on a Public Servant” and taken into custody by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper. “After he pulled her out of the car, forced her and tossed her to the ground, knee to the neck, and arrested her,” says her friend Malcom Jackson. Bland’s friends say she had been with her family in suburban Chicago over the July 4th holiday, and drove to Texas for a job interview at her alma mater, Texas Prairie View A & M. Family members say she got the position and was to begin working in student outreach today. In the video of the arrest, an officer is heard telling the bystander taking the video to leave. In the video he shot, Bland is heard saying, “You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that? I can’t even hear!” Then, as she is taken into custody, she repeats, “You slammed me into the ground and everything.”Bland was found dead in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell on Monday at 9 a.m. after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a routine traffic stop, the I-Team has learned. Authorities say her death appears to be suicide. Her friends and relatives say they do not believe the official version of what happened and say this is a case of foul play in a county with a history racial intolerance. Video of Bland’s arrest. The video shows police on top of Bland, who is on the ground with several officers restraining her as she questions why they are being so rough. The video was shot by a bystander Friday morning, three days before she died in police custody. Police claim Bland died by “self-inflicted asphyxiation” and found her hanging in the jail cell.
On July 9, 28-year-old Sandra Bland of Naperville, Ill., drove to Texas to start a new job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M. On July 10, police stopped Bland just outside the campus for allegedly failing to signal while changing lanes. After running her license and insurance, the trooper returned to her car with what appeared to be a written warning. Dashcam video from the roadside traffic stop that led to her arrest shows the encounter grew confrontational after she refused an officer’s demand to put out her cigarette. Bland, who seemed irritated at having been pulled over in the first place, responded: ‘Why do I have to put out a cigarette when I’m in my own car?'” Lambert said. “And that seemed to irritate him to the point where he said, ‘Get out of the car.'” Police claim during the stop she became combative, was thrown to the ground, arrested and charged with “assault on a public servant.”
On July 13, around 9 a.m., before her family could bail her out, Bland was found dead inside a Waller County, Texas, jail cell. Police claim she died from “self-inflicted asphyxiation.” Her family and friends say that is impossible; that the woman they know, who fought strongly against police brutality and had just gotten a new job, would never have committed suicide.
“I do suspect foul play,” a friend, Cheryl Nanton “I believe that we are all 100 percent in belief that she did not do harm to herself.”
Bland’s arrest doesn’t appear to show Bland being combative with officers, but does show two officers on top of Bland, who can be heard questioning the officers’ methods of restraint.
“You just slammed my head into the ground,” Bland can be heard saying on the recording. “Do you not even care about that? I can’t even hear.” As she is being escorted to the police car in handcuffs, Bland can be heard yelling, “Slammed me to the ground and everything!”
Shortly afterward, an officer can be heard telling the person recording the incident that he or she needed to leave.
Malcom Jackson, a friend of Bland’s who witnessed the encounter, told the news station that the police were forceful during the entirety of the traffic stop.
“After he pulled her out of the car, forced her and tossed her to the ground, knee to the neck, and arrested her”.
Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith told ABC 7 that during the traffic stop, Bland became combative with the officer and was arrested and charged with assault.
The news station reports that Smith said “jailers saw Bland at 7 a.m. Monday when they gave her breakfast and again at 8 a.m. when they spoke with her over the jail intercom. Smith says she was found dead an hour later.”
In a press release from the sheriff’s department viewed by ABC 7, authorities claim that CPR was performed shortly after Bland was found unresponsive in her cell and that she was pronounced dead moments later.
“I do not have any information that would make me think it was anything other than just a suicide,” Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis told ABC 7.
Bland’s friends told the news station that the woman they know was excited about starting her new job on Wednesday, July 15, and that she would never have taken her own life.
LaNitra Dean: “The Waller County Jail is trying to rule her death a suicide, and Sandy would not have taken her own life. Sandy was strong. Strong mentally and spiritually.”
On Wednesday, several of Bland’s friends protested outside the Waller County Jail, which is 50 miles south of Houston. Family members told ABC 7 that Bland’s body will be brought back to Illinois for burial as soon as authorities release it.
Texas state rangers claim to be investigating Bland’s death and have not commented on the video obtained by the news station.
Until the investigation is complete, Bland’s friends and family will continue to speak out about the tragic loss they believe is highly suspicious.
“We’re very suspicious and we’re a very tight community and we’re very upset that this has happened, and it seems like there’s nothing really being done about it” per Bland’s friend LaVaughn Mosley.
Does this even remotely sound like someone who would put up a fight knowing what she knows about Police Brutality and Black Lives Matter?
July 22, 2015
Dashcam Video of Violent Arrest of Sandra Bland Was Edited
Major discrepancies in the video indicate it was tampered with — but why?
The dashcam video released to the public of the violent arrest of Sandra Bland was edited.
Bland was a 28-year-old Black Lives Matter civil rights activist and vocal critic of police brutality who died in police custody after a Texas officer pulled her over for a traffic violation, ordered her out of her car when she refused to put out her cigarette, and aggressively arrested her. Police say Bland committed suicide, yet the Waller County prosecutor says Bland’s case is “being treated just as it would be a murder investigation.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety uploaded dashcam police video of the arrest to YouTube on 21 July. Parts of the approximately 52 minutes of footage it uploaded have clearly been doctored.
A man leaves the truck in the center of the frame at 25:05. For the next 15 seconds, he walks toward the right of the frame and leaves. At 25:19, he suddenly appears again, promptly disappears, then returns at 25:22. The same footage of him walking is subsequently repeated.
This is not the only part of the video that was edited.
At 32:37, a white car drives into the left side of the frame, then promptly disappears in the middle of the road. Seconds later, the same car drives back into the frame and subsequently turns left. This footage is later looped several times.
A different white car also drives into the left side of the frame and turns left from 32:49 to 32:59. The previous white car again briefly enters the frame at 33:04, and once more at 33:06, yet it suddenly disappears both times. When these cuts are made in the footage, the lights on top of the truck in the center of the frame also abruptly cut out.
At 33:08, the exact same footage from 32:37 is repeated, followed by the same second white car at 33:17.
Similar edits and loops are made throughout the video.
Someone clearly cut footage out and looped part of the video in order to correspond with the recorded audio of Texas state trooper Brian Encinia speaking. Who exactly edited the footage is unknown, but the video was recorded by police and released by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay also agrees that the video has been edited.
July 23, 2015
Sandra Bland’s Death Photo????
I just received the following regarding Sandra Bland’s mugshot… From the first time I saw the jail house photo, I noticed something was terribly wrong but I just couldn’t put my finger on it and brushed it off. After reading the following FaceBook post it made me totally sick to my stomach.
If the Army didn’t teach me anything else…it taught me ATTENTION TO DETAIL. Look at this pic. #1 Why does she already have an orange jumpsuit on in a mugshot supposedly taken during in-processing? #2…Look at her hair…her locs are pointing to the back instead of hanging straight down…which indicates that she was laying on her back, NOT standing up against a wall. #3 The fat in her face is pushed back towards her ears…another indication she was laying down. And #4, look at the right side of the pic, which is the left side of her face…it droops lower than the other side…which happens when you have lack of oxygen to the brain. So my question is…was this sista ALREADY dead in this mugshot? Thoughts…???
I wonder when the last Sandra spoke with a family member was… Jailhouse records show:
At 7:05 a.m. the morning of July 13, Bland told the jailer she was doing fine. About 50 minutes later, Bland used an intercom in her cell to ask how to make a phone call from the phone in her cell. She was told to use the four-digit pin she was given during booking.
HOWEVER: The jail DOES NOT have a record of Sandra Bland actually making a phone call.
Compare to another mugshot taken at the same Waller County jail. Notice the background is different; A brick wall, different texture cement floor
July 28, 2015
Video of Sandra being patted down in jail
She’s in her flowered maxi dress getting patted down, and that’s when her picture most likely was taken, not in orange jail garb.
The coroner claims Bland’s system had 18 micrograms of THC per liter in her system. That’s more than three times the legal limit for drivers in Colorado and Washington, states that permit the recreational use of marijuana.
It is totally apparent in the video of her interaction with the officer Sandra Bland was NOT high…. It’s not like she lit up a joint in the cell so where did the THC come from? Someone shot her up with in after she was dead.