On July 10 a Texas trooper pulled over 28 year old Sandra Bland for failing to signal while changing lanes. According to original reports she was arrested for allegedly assaulting Texas trooper Brian Encinia. Three days later she was found dead in her jail cell. An autopsy report stated that she committed suicide. But family, friends and concerned citizens don’t believe this story. Many people wonder why would a young lady with a promising future and a new job commit suicide? Sandra graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 2009 and was about to start working at her alma mater.
The dash cam video released yesterday by Texas authorities raises even more questions about what happened to Sandra. With distrust towards police departments by black folks all over the country some are questioning whether the just released video was edited.
In the video Trooper Encinia tells Sandra Bland to put out her cigarette which she doesn’t have to do since she is in her car. After she said no he stated that she was under arrest. He is also heard shouting I will light you up and threatening her with a taser.
According to newly released police video, a Texas trooper threatened Sandra Bland with a Taser when he ordered her out of her vehicle during a traffic stop on July 10, three days before she was found dead in a county jail.
Bland — a 28-year old African American woman — was stopped for failing to signal while changing lanes, but the routine traffic stop turned confrontational after the officer, Brian Encinia, ordered Bland to put out her cigarette.
“Would you mind putting out your cigarette, please?” Encinia said.
“I’m in my car, why do I have to put out my cigarette?” Bland answered.
“Well, you can step on out now,” Encinia said.
Bland refused, saying she did not have to step out of the car.
Encinia opened the driver’s door and attempted to physically remove Bland from the vehicle.
“I’m going to yank you out of here,” Encinia said as the two struggled in the car. “I’m going to drag you out of here.”
“Don’t touch me, I’m not under arrest,” Bland said.
“I will light you up!” Encinia said, while pointing the Taser at Bland.
State Sen. Royce West (D) said that after viewing the video, he could confirm that Bland was threatened with a Taser by the officer.
Details of the confrontation were not included in the arrest warrant written by Encinia, which officials released Tuesday, 11 days after the arrest — and eight days after Bland’s death in the Waller County Jail.
Check out the video below.
In another video that takes place after they found Sandra in her jail cell there is a man walking around in a orange jumpsuit. Who is he?
Right now Sandra’s death is being investigated as a murder and her family has requested an independent autopsy. I don’t blame them. I don’t have much faith in Texas authorities. I haven’t forgotten the McKinney, Texas incident. Blacks and the police just don’t mix well in that state. No state is utopia when it comes to the police and black folks but this state is one of the worse.
According to the Washington Post The Texas Rangers, a division of the state Dept. of Public Safety, is investigating this case with the help of the FBI.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday that the FBI was continuing to monitor the Sandra Bland situation. She said that federal officials were awaiting the results from ongoing investigations being carried out by local authorities in Texas.
Trooper Encinia has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation. He has been a state trooper for a year. Looks like he might not be cut out for this type of work. According to the Texas Dept. of Public Safety Encinia violated the agency’s procedures during this traffic stop. I wouldn’t be surprised if he went back on duty after this investigation.