Today would have been Sandra Bland‘s 32nd birthday, and it looks like simply yesterday that her mysterious death was the primary information story everywhere in the world. On July 23, 2015, the then 28-year previous was discovered hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas three days after being arrested throughout a site visitors cease. Her loss of life was dominated a suicide, however some issues didn’t add up.
According to stories, “Texas authorities and the FBI carried out an investigation into Bland’s loss of life and decided the Waller County jail didn’t observe required insurance policies, together with time checks on inmates and making certain that workers had accomplished required psychological well being coaching.” State Trooper Brian Encinia who pulled Bland over and was seen on the dashcam footage being aggressive her was positioned on administrative depart for failing to observe correct site visitors cease procedures.
In 2016, he was indicted for perjury for making false statements concerning the circumstances surrounding Bland’s arrest after which fired by the Texas Department Public Safety. However, in 2017 the perjury cost in opposition to Encinia was dropped in return for his settlement to completely finish his legislation enforcement profession. But that also doesn’t give the Bland household their beloved Sandra again.
Sandra was a really woke, younger particular person. In January 2015, simply months earlier than her loss of life, she began posting movies on Facebook about numerous Black points, together with police brutality and their mistreatment Black individuals. Sources say that Bland had a minimum of ten earlier encounters with police in Illinois and Texas round time her loss of life, and owed $7,579 in fines. Ironically, earlier than her loss of life, she posted, “In the information that we’ve seen as late, you could possibly stand there, give up to the cops, and nonetheless be killed.”
Sandra Bland’s loss of life set f a wave protests and petitions, and the local weather America on the time didn’t assist. Tensions in opposition to Black of us and the police had been at an all time excessive as we had been had simply completed protesting and marching for Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown. Those murders unarmed Black males by the hands legislation enforcement additionally impressed Sandra to do her blunt, informative, Facebook movies entitled #SandraSpeaks.
In one video, she said,
“If we will get sufficient White individuals to indicate that All Lives Matter, possibly they’ll cease killing our Black brothers. Black individuals are out right here doing all that they’ll, and we will’t assist however get pissed f after we see conditions the place it’s clear Black life didn’t matter.”
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