Video Footage Captured of Sandra Bland Arrest. Questions Remain.
Video of Sandra Bland’s arrest surfaces on YouTube. In the video, you can see what appears to be Sandra pinned to the ground by police force as she screams out to officers.
On Monday morning, Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old businesswomen and member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was found dead in a Texas jail cell and many are angrily questioning the official police report which claims she committed suicide.
Video Footage of Arrest
Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas, at 9 a.m. after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a routine traffic stop. Sheriff’s deputies say, her death appears to be suicide by “self-inflicted asphyxiation.”
Bland was pulled over last Friday while on her way to her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University, for a speech on child welfare, civil rights, and social issues. Waller County Sheriff’s Department officials say that she was stopped for improper signaling a lane change. They say she was charged with “Assault on a Public Servant” and taken into custody by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper.
Waller County officials say jailers saw Bland at 7 a.m. on Monday when they brought her breakfast, and again at 8 a.m. when they spoke to her over an intercom. But when a female guard went to check on her an hour later, Bland wasn’t breathing. Her family contends she was found hanging in her cell.
Lavaghn Mosley, a family friend, said the story just doesn’t make any sense.
“Anybody that knows Sandra Bland knows she had a thirst for life. She was planning for the future, and she came here to start part of that future,” he told reporters. “So to say that she killed herself is totally absurd.”
“She was a strong force that took life head on. Suicide would be the LAST thing on her mind as she was on the brink of starting a new chapter of life: a new job, a strong cause to fight for, and a thick network of support,” Taylor wrote on WatchTheYard.com. “There are just too many discrepancies and holes in the official report. As far as her friends, chapter, alma mater and family are concerned: Sandy is still speaking and somebody is gonna listen.”
Waller County D.A. Elton Mathis admitted the circumstances surrounding Bland’s death are “strange” and called for an investigation.
“I will admit it is strange that someone that apparently seemed to have everything going her way would have taken her own life,” Mathis said. “That’s why it’s very important that a thorough investigation is done and that we get a good picture of what Ms. Bland was going through the last four or five days of her life.”
The police have now have turned the investigation over to Texas Rangers. Some family members and friends say Bland was found hanging in the jail cell, but authorities have not confirmed the exact circumstances around her death.
The sheriff’s department press release states that they applied CPR, but Bland was pronounced dead shortly after she was found. #JusticeForSandy
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