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Settlement Reached In Sandra Bland Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Lawyer

    A $1.9 million settlement has been reached in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Sandra Bland over her death in the Waller County jail, according to a lawyer for the family. Bland—a black woman from the Chicago-area who was moving to Prairie View for a job—was arrested following a contentious […]

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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.

 

 

A $1.9 million settlement has been reached in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Sandra Bland over her death in the Waller County jail, according to a lawyer for the family.

Bland—a black woman from the Chicago-area who was moving to Prairie View for a job—was arrested following a contentious traffic stop during the summer of 2015 that was captured on video. She was found hanged in her cell three days later. Her death was ruled a suicide.

Bland’s case gained national attention, as she was one of a series of African-Americans who died following interactions with the police.

 

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Sandra Bland, who was found dead at the Waller County Jail on July 13.

Attorney Cannon Lambert  said that, under the settlement, Bland’s family will receive $1.9 million dollars. The deal also requires Waller County to have a nurse or emergency medical technician on duty at the county jail during all shifts.

However, the county’s attorney, Larry Simmons,  released a statement saying the deal is not final and that any settlement must be approved by the county commissioners. He also said the county denies any fault or wrongdoing in Bland’s death.

 

 

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