Update: Trooper Charged In Sandra Bland Case Out On Bail

Brian Encinia, charged with perjury in the arrest of Sandra Bland, has turned himself in to authorities and is now out on bail.

 Trooper Brian Encinia booking photo
Trooper Brian Encinia’s booking photo.

The Texas state trooper charged with perjury in the arrest of Sandra Bland is free after posting bond.

Brian Encinia surrendered Thursday afternoon at the Waller County Jail and posted his $2,500 bond less than an hour later. He was processed in the same room where Bland was booked last summer after her confrontation with Encinia during a traffic stop.

A grand jury indicted the trooper on Wednesday on a misdemeanor perjury charge for allegedly lying about the circumstances of his arrest of Bland. If convicted he could face up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Messages left with the Encinia’s attorney Thursday have not been returned.

The 28-year-old Bland was stopped in July for an improper lane change. She was arrested on suspicion of assaulting the trooper. Authorities say Bland hanged herself in her jail cell several days later.

The Texas Department of Public Safety announced after the indictment that it would begin the process of firing Encinia.

Sheriff in front of held mics
Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith speaks with reporters.


The Affidavit and Complaint for Warrant and Arrest

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