#sayhername: sandra bland

April 27, 2016

 

On July 10, 2015, in Waller County, Texas, Sandra Bland, a 28-year old woman from Naperville, Illinois, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop for failing to use her blinker. Because her arrest took place on a Friday afternoon, she was held over the weekend, and Monday morning, Sandra was found hanging in her cell. The coroner ruled it a suicide, but much suspicion remained. For one thing, Glenn Smith a sheriff involved with the case, had been previously fired in 2007 as the Chief of Police in Hempstead, Texas, for suspicion of racism and police brutality. Too, when reporting his account to authorities, the arresting officer, Brian Encinia, repeatedly lied about the facts of the arrest. He was fired but contested that decision, to no avail, since the termination was upheld by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Unfortunately, he was only indicted for perjury, not police brutality or assault. Watch the disturbing video of Sandra's arrest.

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