Following an escalating conflict with the officer caught on audio and video recordings, Bland was later arrested for “assaulting” the police officer, state trooper Brian Encinia, who pulled her over.
She was put in the Waller County jail in Houston, Texas with a bail for $5,000. She died in her cell on July 13, 2015…three days after she was detained by police.
Police stated that Bland had hanged herself with a plastic garbage bag in her jail cell; a contention her family and supporters dispute. Her death was followed by protests disputing the cause of her death and alleging racial violence against Bland, because she was a person of colour. Bland was 28 years old and a well known critic of police brutality in the United States.
Her death has sparked a worldwide outrage as she has been the number one trending topic on Twitter since her death. People are asking why Bland was even remanded in jail for three days for a minor traffic violation. It is also perceived that treating her case as a suicide case given the circumstances doesn’t add up.
She was said to have committed suicide by asphyxiation with a polythene garbage bag, to which one Facebook user wrote:
“The fact of the matter is, if this woman hasn’t been wrongfully arrested she would still be alive.
Stay angry because there’s no way this 6ft tall woman hung herself from a 5ft tall prison cell partition.”
Later, another video was released of her sending a voicemail to a friend. She was heard saying she had finally gotten to see a judge who set her bail for $5,000 and she was waiting the the receiver to call her back.
Click to listen to the audio below…
“She was waiting on a phone call! Why would she kill herself! Those officers or they had one of the people in another cell come in and strangle her! For a lesser charge! All you have to do is follow the bread crumbs!
Who is the corner and how many people has this same forensic pathologist label jail house killings as suicide and how many are people of color for that particular jail or county!
Then where are the videos that show the motion of the jail during the times Sandra was in the jail?!
Where is the footage of when she arrives when she changed her clothes and the food who prepared her food what did she drink?
Was the food on plastic paper plates that required a trash can present so oddly between the bench and bunk beds?
Who had access to her cell? Where is the footage of her calling her family or the bail bondsman?
How could the trash bag be heavy enough to strangle Sandra??? Was this bag put over her head and sealed off?”
Photo shows the inside of the Waller County jail in Hempstead, Texas on Wednesday July 22, 2015 photo. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)The Waller County jail cell where Sandra Bland was found dead as seen on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
After the announcement of Bland’s death and the release of the video footage showing the arrest, the officer was placed on administrative duties for failing to follow proper traffic stop procedures.
On July 16, Texas authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced they had begun a joint investigation into Bland’s death. The Waller County district attorney’s office stated that Bland’s death would be investigated as a possible murder and not a suicide case as previously stated.
A motion-activated camera outside Bland’s cell, provided by police, shows no recording in the hallway for 90 minutes before jailers found Bland dead.
Watch another video…
Jeanette Williams places a bouquet of roses at a memorial for Sandra Bland near Prairie View A&M University, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Prairie View, Texas. Bland was found hanging in her jail cell three days after the incident. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Another memorial for Sandra Bland
Two days ago, a 52-minute dashcam video was newly released, throwing more light to what must have transpired between Bland and the police officer. Please watch the video below before my deevanalysis…
To watch the full 52-minute clip on YouTube, click HERE
The death of Sandra Bland is very unfortunate. This deevanalysis would have made much logical sense if she were alive. No manner of objective analysis would erase the fact that once a person dies, he or she can never be brought back and that makes the whole purpose of talking about it almost useless.
But for the sake of the people of colour still living in today’s America, we must not fail to drive home certain points in the hope that the few white people who have been enslaved by the white-supremacist mentality can finally be subdued.
Yes you heard me, I said few. The reason is a lot of Caucasians have voiced their outrage at Bland’s ill treatment and subsequent death as much as the Blacks. The evil perpetrated here is glaring and only a devil would applaud how Police Officer Encinia handled the case.
Americans must unite to fight evil and injustice without throwing the race card at every opportunity. It kills the reality of the issue at hand; being that not all white people are racist and are ready to march and fight with the Blacks for the equality of every citizen. The race card only pits good people against each other. In the end, the vicious cycle of hate and injustice continues to prevail.
Having said that, I must also point out that I didn’t quite like the way Bland kept arguing with the police officer and refusing to step out of the car, when she was ordered to do so. Encinia is an officer of the law. Bland had violated a traffic law and the officer had every right to pull her over. So why was she smoking and driving, if she was late for an interview as claimed? Why didn’t she put out the cigarette as a courtesy when she was asked to do so?
How I wish she had stopped, smiled at the officer and said something like: “Good day officer, what seems to be the problem?” or “Gosh, officer…I’m so sorry. I’m terribly late for my job interview and I didn’t realise that I failed to signal a lane change.”
Instead, she acted aggressively; feigning ignorance about why she was pulled over. This must have infuriated the officer and their exchange escalated to something this ugly.
Psychos are everywhere. They are also in police uniform. What stops a KKK loyalist from enrolling in the force to use the authority bestowed on him by the state to perpetuate his hate? Why did the German Wings pilot kill over a hundred passengers on board his flight?
We must never fail to realise that even people in authority could be abusive and mentally unstable. So we mustn’t always act all aggressive with people we don’t know because we are not sure of the reaction that we’ll get.
We are all activists so long as we speak against injustice to mankind. But it should be done wisely, peacefully and objectively. The activist in Sandra came out during her arrest when she should have first acknowledged that she was wrong for breaking a traffic law.
Howbeit, she is dead and it stinks of foul play. This is the time for America to prove that it is indeed the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” by bringing her murderers to justice.
May the soul of Sandra Bland rest in peace.
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