The Waller County Sheriff’s Office pulled the 28 year old over Friday, July 10th for not signaling a lane change.
A woman whose death in a Texas jail is under investigation was thrilled to be returning to her alma mater to begin a community outreach job after years of bouncing between temp work back home in Illinois, leaving friends doubting authorities who say she killed herself.
Bland’s friend Cheryl Nanton told WLS that she suspected foul play.
Though the circumstances around Bland’s arrest and death are still murky, routine traffic stops often escalate when they involve a person of color. In one such video, she said “In the news that we’ve seen as of late, you could stand there, surrender to the cops, and still be killed”. “It’s a little bit of depression, as well as PTSD”. Police claim she died from “self-inflicted asphyxiation”.
“That self-diagnosis is certainly something that we are going to look at and consider with a motive for a suicide”, Mathis told ABC 7.
But the young women’s friends and relatives say they do not believe the official version of events and have seized on a video that shows the arrest of Mr Bland.
The Bland family stated at a Thursday press conference that they question the official account that she died of suicide by hanging. “It is unimaginable and hard for us to wrap our minds around”. This may be partially fueled by the revelation that Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith, who made the original announcement about Bland’s death, was fired from his previous post as chief of police of Hempstead, Texas. She had been arrested Friday in Waller County on a charge of assaulting a public servant.
Dean also said she fears crossing through Waller County in light of Bland’s fate.
Perhaps their anger is still justified.
Sandra’s posts in social media showed that her goal was to unite racially as sensitive issues and she thought that race had been all messed up in America. She was active in her family’s church and was the only one of her sisters to go to college out of state. She doesn’t explain the cause of her PTSD, but says they are things that affect everyone no matter their race.
Of course it will take a specialist to address the possibly of the impact of the traumatic traffic arrest that entailed a physical encounter with the police using force and having her face pushed to the ground. No video of the initial contact has yet surfaced, but a video taken by a bystander during the arrest shows Bland shouting that the officer had slammed her head into the ground, and that she could not hear. Don’t you not even care about that?
“I can’t even hear”, she shouts.
“I’m afraid every day of my life”, she said. The city burned as people marched for justice and called for an independent investigation into Gray’s death.
Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said the 41st president never lost consciousness and was being fitted with a brace to immobilize his neck. “That’s what I believe, absolutely”, he said. “Sandy was someone that I knew”, wrote friend Lanitra Dean on Facebook.
Each cell reportedly has a garbage can with a plastic bag in it. That practice will now be under review.
“The Waller County District Attorney’s Office is aware of the death of Ms. Sandra Bland and joins her family in grieving this tragic loss of life”, Mathis said. Bland’s body was discovered around 9 a.m. Monday after she had spent the weekend in the Waller County Jail. At one point the woman can be heard yelling that she can’t “feel my arm”. Instead he went the other route. We have no idea, she could have suffered from eternal bleeding which may have led to the suicide.
Following her death, Bland’s family members and supporters have spread her story on social media, organized protests, and petitioned for the US Department of Justice to investigate the case. A police document obtained by the Washington Post claimed that Gray “was intentionally trying to injure himself”.