Sandra Bland of Illinois was found dead in a Texas jail cell after she was arrested during a traffic stop.
Sandra, 28, was stopped by a Texas state trooper on Friday, July 10 and found dead at the Waller County, Texas, jail on Monday, July 13 the Chicago Tribune reports. The Texas authorities say Sandra Bland died by suicide, but her family and friends don’t believe that is the case and that authorites are covering up a murder.
Bland was being held on $5,000 bail after a Saturday court appearance. Her family was going to post bail for her on Monday. They never thought they would not get to see their Sister, Daughter, and Friend again.
A bystander’s video of the arrest was posted onto YouTube. It shows several police officers standing over Bland while she is on the ground, arguing with them about why they’re being so rough. At one point, she can be heard saying, “You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that?” She also thanks the man recording the incident for filming as she is led to a police cruiser.
The Texas Jail Commission announced that they have cited the Waller County Jail for failing to properly monitor Bland. Texas Department of Public Safety says its preliminary review has found violations of the department’s procedures regarding traffic stops and the department’s courtesy policy. The Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith was fired from his previous post for racial discrimination as police chief in Hempstead, Texas, after racism allegations were made against him and four of his officers. Sandra had traveled to Texas for a new job in Student Outreach at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University. Bland’s Facebook page shows many of her empowering videos on the struggle for justice in America and that she was active in the Black Lives Matter movement and often posted about police brutality and racial injustice.