Sandra Bland 6th Year Death Anniversary – Woman Died In Waller County Jail Cell
Sandra Bland Death – Obituary : July 13 is the death anniversary of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman who was found dead in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas.
Bland died on July 13, 2015 after being arrested by authorities during a pretextual traffic stop. The death of Bland was ruled a suicide. A massive protest erupted following her death. There were claims that Bland did not take her own life. Protesters were saying racist killed Bland in jail cell.
What Happened To Sandra Bland – What Was Her Offence?
According to report on Wikipedia, Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic violation on July 10 by State Trooper Brian Encinia. The exchange escalated, resulting in Bland’s arrest and a charge of assaulting a police officer. The arrest was partially recorded by Encinia’s dashcam, a bystander’s cell phone, and Bland’s own cell phone. After authorities reviewed the dashcam footage, Encinia was placed on administrative leave for failing to follow proper traffic stop procedures.
Texas authorities and the FBI conducted an investigation into Bland’s death and determined the Waller County jail did not follow required policies, including time checks on inmates and ensuring that employees had completed required mental health training.
In December 2015, a grand jury declined to indict the county sheriff and jail staff for a felony relating to Bland’s death. The following month, Encinia was indicted for perjury for making false statements about the circumstances surrounding Bland’s arrest, and he was subsequently fired by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Lawsuit Against Wrongful Death of Sandra Bland
In September 2016, Bland’s mother settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the county jail and police department for $1.9 million and some procedural changes. In June 2017, the perjury charge against Encinia was dropped in return for his agreement to permanently end his law enforcement career.
In 2019, Bland’s cell phone video became available to the public and to Bland’s family for the first time. The video was obtained and shown by Dallas news station WFAA. video was not available during the civil trials.
Social Media Users Remembers Sandra Bland On Her 6th Year Death Anniversary
NAACP Legal Defense Fund in a Facebook post said: We will never forget Sandra Bland. Six years ago, her life was tragically cut short following a minor traffic violation. Incidents like this should never happen and Sandra Bland should still be alive. This year, she should have been able to celebrate turning 34. #BlackLivesMatter
Black Voters Matter @BlackVotersMtr in a Twitter post said: On this day in 2015, Sandra Bland, 28-year-old African American woman, was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13, 2015, three days after being arrested during a traffic stop.
The National Urban League in a Facebook post said: 🙏🏾Six devastating years have passed since #SandraBland was found hanged in a #Texas jail cell under suspicious circumstances after she was pulled over and taken into #police custody for failing to signal when changing lanes. Years later, we are still in need of deep and sweeping police reform.✊🏿Black + Brown communities deserve justice. Justice was never served for her murder, so we must continue to #SayHerName, especially today. Sandra. Bland.
The United State of Women in a Facebook post said: Today marks six years since #SandraBland was found dead in a Waller County, Texas jail cell after an officer arrested her over a minor traffic violation. Never stop saying her name. IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A photo of Sandra Bland inside of a car. She is smiling.
Etan Thomas @etanthomas36 on Twitter said: 6 yrs ago today #SandraBland was found hanged in a jail cell in Texas, 3 days after being arrested during a “failing to signal” traffic stop. Although there were many holes in the stories of the sherif & jail staff, no officers were indicted & it was ruled a suicide #NeverForget
Know Your Rights Camp said: Remembering Sandra Bland On July 13, 2015, Sandra Bland died in police custody after being pulled over for a minor traffic stop in Prairie View, TX 3 days prior. Sandra Bland was FULL of life and joy; she also was known as an outspoken critic of the violence of policing and used her #SandySpeaks online presence to disseminate her message widely. We will forever #SayHerName and forever be in solidarity with the entire Bland family as they continue to fight for #JusticeForSandraBland.
Cited from https://www.cnn.com/2015/07/22/us/sandra-bland/index.html
Other Social Media Reactions Over the death of Sandra Bland
Today marks 6 years since Sandra Bland left this world. Not only was she unlawfully arrested, but the guards at Waller County Jail failed to notice the warning signs Ms. Bland exhibited. Sandra should not have been arrested. Sandra should not have been in a jail cell. Sandra should have been on suicide watch and given adequate care for her mental health. Sandra Bland should still be alive. Rest in peace. #SayHerName
Sandra Bland was born on February 7, 1987 in Naperville, Illinois.
At only 28 years old, she took her last breath on this day six years ago, July 13, 2015, in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, about 50 miles northwest of Houston, after being arrested at a traffic stop for allegedly failing to signal while changing lanes.
May she rest in power. ✊🏾
Six devastating years have passed since #SandraBland was found hanged in a #Texas jail cell under suspicious circumstances after she was pulled over and taken into #police custody for failing to signal when changing lanes. Years later, we are still in need of deep and sweeping police reform. ✊🏿Black + Brown communities deserve justice. Justice was never served for her murder, so we must continue to #SayHerName, especially today. Demand Senate passage of the #JusticeInPolicingAct https://p2a.co/8AHRjsY
Six years ago today have passed since #SandraBland was found hanged in a jail cell under suspicious circumstances after she was pulled over and taken into police custody for failing to signal when changing lanes. Justice was never served for her murder, we must continue to #SayHerName. Sandra. Bland. 🖤🖤✊🏿✊🏿 #BlackLivesMatter #BlackWomenMatter
Six years ago today we lost Sandra Bland at the hands of a violent institution. #SandraBland was pulled over for a minor traffic stop, accused of assaulting a police officer, and arrested. She died in police custody just three days later on July 13, 2015. Her family’s demands for accountability, let alone justice, have not been met. #SayHerName. #BlackLivesMatter. Rest in Power Sandra Bland.
Days like this are hard on Black folks and communities of color. There is much work to be done, but be sure to take care, check on your fam, and be safe. [Image description: An image of Sandara against a red background with text that evokes the movement such as: “Police Brutality, I can’t breathe”, etc. She is wearing a black top, gold earrings, and has ear-length dreadlocks. This is the artwork used in the documentary “Say Her Name: The Live and Death of Sandra Bland