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Sandra Bland’s Family Files Federal Lawsuit Against Texas Trooper, Others

The lawsuit names the Texas Department of Public Safety, trooper Brian Encinia, the Waller County sheriff and two jailers.

Screen shot of video of Sandra exiting car
Screenshot from Department of Public Safety dash cam video shows Sandra Bland as she exits her car after DPS officer Brian Encinia has drawn his taser on July 10, 2015.

Sandra Bland’s family says they still have not received enough answers about Bland’s July 10 arrest and her death at the Waller County Jail just days later.

“The investigation, as it’s gone forward so far, is one that we are unclear about,” says Cannon Lambert, the attorney representing Bland’s family. “There are inconsistencies that have been documented that concern us.”

Since Bland’s death, authorities have released the findings of an autopsy, jail surveillance video, arrest records and other material. But her family says more information is needed, including full toxicology results and her time of death.

The suit names the Texas Department of Public Safety, the state trooper who arrested Bland, the sheriff of Waller County and two jailers. Lambert says it’s meant to hold authorities accountable and compel them to provide more answers.

“We are looking for Waller County and the individuals involved in this situation to take accountability,” he says. “This family is frustrated. They’re frustrated because we don’t feel like that has happened.”

Lambert says the family is also pushing for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the matter. 

 

 

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