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Texas: No Settlement With Sandra Bland Family Over Training

Texas law enforcement officials won’t confirm that nearly 4,000 troopers will receive de-escalation training despite an attorney for Sandra Bland’s family saying the state made that deal as part of a $1.9 million wrongful-death settlement.

 

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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.

 Texas law enforcement officials won’t confirm that nearly 4,000 troopers will receive de-escalation training despite an attorney for Sandra Bland’s family saying the state made that deal as part of a $1.9 million wrongful-death settlement.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said Tuesday the agency hasn’t settled with the family of the 28-year-old black woman who died in jail following a confrontational traffic stop in 2015.

Tom Rhodes, an attorney for the Bland family, says DPS acknowledged during settlement talks that the agency had no systematic training for de-escalation but agreed to put measures in place.

Rhodes says the settlement, however, didn’t spell out what that training must entail.

DPS responded with a statement saying that troopers already received 76 hours of training to properly de-escalate situations.

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