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Sandra Bland’s Sister Discusses Lawsuit; Law Enforcement Expert Weighs In

On Tuesday, the family of Sandra Bland filed a federal lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety, a state trooper, two jailers and the Waller County Jail in connection with Bland’s death while in jail custody following her July 10 arrest. Bland’s family say they still haven’t received enough answers about her death and […]

On Tuesday, the family of Sandra Bland filed a federal lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety, a state trooper, two jailers and the Waller County Jail in connection with Bland's death while in jail custody following her July 10 arrest. Bland's family say they still haven't received enough answers about her death and autopsy.

News 88.7’s Syeda Hasan sat down with Bland’s sister, Sharon Cooper, to discuss the lawsuit. We hear their conversation.

Then: what are the implications of this lawsuit, and how has this incident played out for law enforcement? We talk with former police and corrections officer, Dr. Melissa Hamilton, who is also a visiting criminal law scholar at the University of Houston Law Center. We also discuss a public forum on police accountability held Aug. 4 at Texas Southern University with Sarah Guidry from TSU’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

MORE:
Read the Full Lawsuit (News 88.7, Aug. 4, 2015)
Extended Conversation with Sharon Cooper, Sandra Bland’s Sister:

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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